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Eltingville Station


Oil on canvas painting done in the Ashcan School style of what looks to be a railroad employee walking down the steps of the Staten Island Railroad - Eltingville Station in Staten Island during the night time.  The man is carrying his lunchbox in his right hand, and there is what looks like a newspaper sticking out of his left jacket pocket.

Alfred McNamara was a native of Staten Island, born in Tompkinsville, who received his basic art training during the 1930's under Walter Drewes.  He also studied under Bernie Klonis at the New York Industrial School of Art.  He worked professionally as a costume and scene designer, and as an illustrator before World War II.  McNamara was the President of the Staten Island Museum Section of Art.  His awards include the Eighth Air Force Show in England, the Staten Island Museum Members Exhibition, the Staten Island Museum Annual Spring Exhibition, the American Veterans Society of Artists, and the Staten Island Museum Weissglass Memorial Purchase Award.

Artist: Alfred McNamara (1911 - 1994)

Title: Eltingville Station

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dates: 1940

Dimensions: 24.5 in. x 31.875 in.

Signature/Inscription: A. McNamara; Front - Lower right

Culture: American

Accession Number: A1943.3247

Credit: Gift of the Artist

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