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 New Year's Waltz, ca. 1827, published by S. Bromberg in New YorkNew Year's Waltz, ca. 1827, published by S. Bromberg in New York

New year's wishes to everyone!

Just a few words on the music pictured above.  This anonymous piano work was published around 1827 by Samuel Bromberg of New York City.  The address listed on the music is 395 Broadway, but in the New York City directory of 1829-1830, the publisher is located at 80 Broadway "upstairs."  Bromberg apparently came from Denmark: his petition for naturalization was made on June 9, 1835.  (These immigration and naturalization documents are available online through Ancestry.com, known as AncestryLibrary within the New York Public Library - where it is available in all branches free of charge.)

The artist's credit (on the lower left of the picture) is given as: "on stone by A. Meucci."  The stone refers to the process of lithography.  The artist appears to be Anthonio Meucci.  In his petition for naturalization made October 3, 1826 (again, available through AncestryLibrary), it indicates he's 25 years old (meaning he was born about 1801), immigrated from Italy, and lists his occupation as painter.  (This is not the same person as Antonio Meucci, 1808-1889, who supposedly invented a telephone device pre-dating Alexander Graham Bell's invention.)

May your new year be filled with health and happiness - and may you come to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts more often!

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a. meucci,not the telephone inventor...I mean the painter

I have a painting that has been in my family for almost 75 years. It is a huge still life of wild game hanging against a brick wall. It is signed my a. meucci and dated 1890. does anyone now anything about this painter as all I can find out is the other meucci...please respond....

A. Meucci

Hi Anonymous, I'm not an expert in the graphic arts. Why don't you submit your question to the Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection? Here is there homepage which contains phone and email contacts: http://www.nypl.org/locations/schwarzman/art-architecture-collection

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