Number 4 Abator, Oct. 1879

Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa.

The painter has identified the P.R.R. Grain Depot to the left. There is a pile driver and the abutment. Most of the buildings are low, witha 2-3 storey building to the left. There are two barges, one loaded, one empty. A man in a red shirt rows two men on the river. The Encyclopedia of Philadelphia(LC) has as its first entry the word "abatoir" which translates as "slaughterhouse." The entry says: " In 1875, the stock-yards and abattoir were removed Thirtieth and Race Streets, on the west bank of the Schuylkill River. Perhaps the painter misspelled "abattoir" as abator. The low buildings in the background could be housing animals ready for slaughter.

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