Bow Bridge and Lake, Central Park - about 1880


The iconic and romantic Bow Bridge in Central Park. The Bridge is a pedestrian walkway, that spans 60 feet across Central Park Lake and connects Cherry Hill and the Ramble. It was designed by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould. It is made of cast iron and completed in 1862. The name comes from its bow shape which looks like an archer's bow.

Photograph from the "Central Park Views", positive photograph on albumen paper, in album presented to the City of Paris by the Department of Public Parks, New York. Original title: "Bow Bridge". Unknown publisher (1878-1881). Source: Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF).


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Enlargement of the benches in the distance.



Bow Bridge and Lake, Central Park - about 1880



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