About the Artwork

William Samuel Horton (1865–1936), Heckscher Tower Sunset, 1921–36
Pastel on paper, laid on board. Promised gift of Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld, Scenes of New York City

In this Impressionist pastel, New York appears as a violet silhouette against the sun-drenched sky. Horton highlights the Heckscher (now Crown) Building in Midtown. The French Renaissance tower was one of the first to conform to the 1916 Zoning Resolution which, by requiring that buildings be set back from the street line as they rose, inspired a tiered “wedding cake” style.

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