A View from Richmond on Staten Island
Artist: Bellew, Captain
Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink
Staten Island is located at the entrance of New York Harbour. Staten Island was settled by Dutch colonists in the 17th century and was named in honour of the States General in the Netherlands which sponsored the settlement of New Amsterdam. In 1664 the British took control and renamed it Richmond Island after James, the Duke of Richmond, the brother of King Charles I. Richmond town developed as the adminstrative centre of the island and as can be seen from this print british troops were stationed here during the American Revolutionary War. Later in the 19th century Staten Island became a popular retreat for wealthy residents of New York city and large built houses and estates were built around the shores.