Nevinson first visited New York in 1919 and stayed for a month. He was very impressed by New York’s architecture and made many sketches of the city, some of which were later made up into paintings and prints.
Nevinson painted this picture when he returned to London. The painting shows an imaginary section of the elevated railway running through Manhattan. The railway line recedes dramatically into a cluster of skyscrapers. The angular shapes and muted brown and grey colours suggest the speed and technology of the modern city. Why do you think Nevinson has decided not to include any people?