Views of Philadelphia from The Port Folio. Philadelphia. Engravings.
The Port Folio was a new type of American magazine, "Devoted to Useful Science, the Liberal Arts, Legitimate Criticism, and Polite Literature." It was a product of the new century, appearing first in January 1801. It began as a weekly issue until 1809, when it became monthly until its demise at the end of 1827. As with the many magazines that followed it, The Port Folio included numerous illustrations, including quite a number with a Philadelphia topic. The scenes were often of buildings of particular interest in the early nineteenth century, not necessarily those that are famous today. Thus these prints provide a interesting and more varied view of the city than that found in most other series of the time.
This school was located at Heart lane and Nicetown Lane, between Germantown and Frankford. It was a noted boarding school for boys, built in 1804 by two brothers, John Thomas and Charles Carre, in 1804. The located their school on the highest point between Germantown and the Delaware, a spot commonly called 'Mount Clermont.' $125
A view of the dam across the Schuylkill running between Lower Merion and Manayunk. The slope of the hill of Manayunk/Roxborough is seen from just below the dam. $225
A print of a no-longer standing Orphan Asylum, which had stood at the corner of Eighteenth and Cherry Streets. The Philadelphia Orphan Society was established by the women of the Second Presbyterian Church, and it was open only to women. The building depicted is the original structure, built of brick in 1817. Just two years after this print appeared the Orphan Asylum burned down, and it was then rebuilt on a design by William Strickland that same year. $125
In 1812, Philadelphia bookseller and publisher Moses Thomas purchased a monthly magazine entitled Select Reviews, engaged Washington Irving as editor, and renamed the publication The Analectic Magazine. Irving, his brother-in-law J. K. Paulding, Gulian C. Verplanck and, later, Thomas Isaac Wharton wrote much of the material, which concentrated on literary reviews, articles on travel and science, biographies of naval heroes, and reprints of selections from British periodicals. Illustration "was one of the magazine's chief distinctions. Not only were there the usual engravings on copper, but some of the earliest magazine experiments in lithography and wood engraving appeared here. The plates were chiefly portraits, though some other subjects were used." (Mott, A History of American Magazines) $175
Thomas Doughty. "Fairmount Waterworks from the West." From Cephas G. Childs' Views of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: C.G. Childs, 1827-1830. Octavo. Copper engraving by William. E. Tucker. Very good condition.
Almost three decades after the publication of the first edition of William Birch's City of Philadelphia, Cephas Childs published the second comprehensive series of prints of the city, entitled Views of Philadelphia. The series contained twenty six views of major sites in the city, each rendered by a prominent American artist or architect, including Thomas Doughty, George and William Strickland, Thomas Sully, John Haviland, Thomas Birch and George Lehman. Many new buildings had been erected in the years since the turn of the century, and Childs' detailed prints provide a precious view of many of these. The detail and composition of the engravings is excellent, and they provide an fascinating overall view of the city with its new look. $175
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Prints from Hinton's The History and Topography of the United States of North America. Published in London and Boston, various publisher: 1830-1855. Octavo. Steel engraving. Very good condition. Uncolored unless noted otherwise.
Lovely examples of steel engravings from one of the more popular nineteenth century view books, Hinton's History and Topography. This work contained text and numerous illustrations documenting the history and topography of the United States. Hinton used many different artists, all the engravings being made from drawings made on the spot. For their wide coverage, accurate detail, and pleasing appearance, these are amongst the finest small images of early nineteenth century America to be found anywhere.
Note: We get these images from different editions of the work, by different publishers. They differ slightly in size and some editions have decorative engraving around the image. Please contact us to find the exact edition we currently have in stock.
During the middle of the nineteenth century, Pennsylvania's economy experienced new, state-wide growth, sparking new interest in previously lesser-known areas of the state. Prompting travel to new communities, this economic growth also sparked publication of new books to satisfy curiosity about all parts of Pennsylvania. One of the most important such works, Sherman Day's Historical Collections is noted for its individual county histories, well-illustrated with charming wood-engravings. Covering larger cities like Philadelphia and Reading, the images also display the Keystone state's smaller towns and rural sites. Relying on first-hand sketches, the printer translated the images into wood-engraving, which allowed for mass printing and distribution of this important early set of state-wide illustrations. In some cases, Day's views comprise the only mid-nineteenth century views of Pennsylvania's smaller communities. From the well-known views of Philadelphia to the obscure country landscapes, prints from Day's volume are treasured documents of state history.
Full page illustrations. Ca. 3 1/4 x 6 1/2:
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"Institution of the Deaf and Dumb in Philadelphia." From Robert Sears' Pictorial Library. New York: 1846. 3 5/8 x 5 3/8. Wood engraving. Light stains in margins, else very good condition.
Robert Sears was a New York publisher of "Popular Pictorial Works." Sears' publications included histories, bibles, and descriptions of various parts of the world, each "most splendidly-illustrated" with wood engravings; these books were intended for "all persons interested in the diffusion of useful knowledge. A Book for the Wives and Children of the Farmer, Mechanic, Laborer, Physician, Lawyer, and Divine "for Persons in every sphere and station of Life, and for Followers of every Pursuit." This view of what is now Philadelphia's University of the Arts' Dorrance Hamilton Hall comes from his Pictorial Library published in 1846. It shows the handsome neo-classical building on South Broad Street that was designed by John Haviland in 1824. $65
Guillaume-Abel Blouet. "Prison de Comté à Philadelphie." From Élias Regnault and Jules LaBaume. "Suite des États-Unis, Depuis 1812 Jusqu'à nos Jours" in L'Univers: Histoire et Description de Tous les Peuples . . . Paris: Firmin Didot frères, . 4 x 5 1/2. Steel engraving by Lemaitre. $75
An excellent series of views of Pennsylvania from a guide book of Pennsylvania's "Scenery, Internal Improvements, Resources, and Agriculture, Popularly Described." The volume included descriptions of all parts of Pennsylvania, but its feature of most note was the inclusion of numerous engraved illustrations of scenes of all parts of the state. Another series of excellent images of Pennsylvania communities, both large and small.
Views from Meyer's Universum Or Views Of The Most Remarkable Places And Objects Of All Countries. New York: Herrmann J. Meyer, 1852. Steel engravings. Ca. 4 x 6. Very good condition.
"Banque de Stephen Gerard." From Jean B.G. Roux de Rochelle's Etats-Unis d'Amérique. Paris: Firmin Didot frères, . Ca. 4 x 6. Steel engraving by Traversier. WC. Phillips.
An example from an unusual group of steel engraving from a set of illustrations for Roux de Rochelle's work on the United States. Roux de Rochelle, the French Minister to the U.S., included this volume in a large series entitled L'Univers. The American volume included 96 images of the United States and it was first issued in 1837. Beginning in 1839 the plates were reissued in several French editions, as well as editions in Italian, Spanish and German. The views of Philadelphia are quite interesting. Though some were obviously derived from other sources, several of the views appear to have been original with this work, including an exterior view of Moyamensing Prison (built 1832-35), and a most unusual interior view of the Eastern State Penitentiary (built 1823-26). $55
Prints by W.H. Bartlett. From American Scenery. London, 1839-40. 4 3/4 x 7 1/4. Engravings. Hand color. Very good condition.
The four views by William H. Bartlett are perhaps the most popular prints of Philadelphia ever issued.
"The United States Bank, Philadelphia." Illustrated above. $125
Augustus Köllner. "Laurel-Hill Cemetery." From Views of American Cities. New York & Paris: Goupil, Vibert & Co., 1848. 8 x 11 1/2. Lithograph by Isidore-Laurent Deroy. Printed by Cattier. Original hand color. Trimmed to image, with stains in sky. Otherwise good condition. Deak: 560.
Augustus Theodore Frederick Adam Köllner, born in Wurttenberg in 1812, worked as an artist, engraver and lithographer in Stuttgart and Paris before emigrating to America in 1839. Köllner settled in Washington where he continued as a professional draftsman and also began to make drawings of American scenery. In 1840 he moved to Philadelphia, meeting P.S. Duval, who hired Köllner to draw illustrations for Duval and Hoddy's U.S. Military Magazine. Köllner achieved considerable success in Philadelphia as a lithographic artist, producing a wide range of prints, including trade cards, labels, and illustrations. From his earliest days in the United States, Köllner traveled around the country making scenic drawings of his adopted land, including a number of views of Philadelphia. Goupil, Vibert & Co. arranged to publish a series of Köllner's views beginning in 1848. Despite Köllner's ability as a lithographer, the New York and Paris publisher had the prints both lithographed and printed in Paris. Fifty-four prints were made, including this and six other views of Philadelphia. These views illustrate Köllner's fluent artistic style. In a manner similar to Birch, Wild, and others, Köllner focused on Philadelphia's street life, providing a realistic immediacy and another delightful series of Philadelphia views. $225
"G.P." [Granville Perkins]. "View from West Park." From Picturesque America. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1873. Wood engraving. Hand color. Excellent condition.
This lovely view of Fairmount Park, west of the Schuylkill river, is from Picturesque America, a publication inspired by the prose of William Cullen Bryant. A charming image of Fairmount Park, the largest urban park in the world. $60
"Art Gallery." From Thompson Wescott's Centennial Portfolio. Philadelphia: Thomas Hunter, 1876. 4 1/2 x 8 1/2. Tinted lithograph. Very good condition.
The Centennial Exhibition was one of the greatest tourist attractions of the era, with visitors not just from across the United States, but also from all around the world. With all the tourists and world-wide interest in the exhibition, there were many souvenirs issued; one of the most detailed and best produced was Thompson Westcott's Centennial Portfolio. This consisted of a group of fine, tinted lithographs showing all the buildings of the Exhibition, including the main buildings, as well as the smaller state and other buildings. Unfortunately, only two of the buildings (the Art Gallery and the Ohio Building) are still standing, but these images provide us with an excellent look at what this magnificent exhibition would have looked like. This is a nice example from the series of one of the two standing buildings. $175
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"Scene on the Schuylkill." 4 5/8 x 6 7/8. Steel engraving. Very good condition.
The painting of this view by Irish-born Philadelphian James Hamilton (1819-1878) was engraved by A. W. Graham for Godey's Lady's Book in August, 1845. Subsequently it came to be erroneously attributed to Philadelphia landscape artist Edmund Darch Lewis (1835-1910) (e.g., Snyder, Mirror of America, 685).
This view is from Philip T. Sandhurst's The Table Book of Art: A History of Art in All Countries and Ages, published in New York in 1880. Saying the view was below "Grey's" Ferry, Sandhurst explained "Before the Schuylkill joins the Delaware, it widens to noble proportions, and although not nearly so much frequented as above Fairmount Dam, it is often the resort of pleasure parties who wish to avoid a crowd." The text attributes the original painting to E. D. Lewis, but the print attributes the painting to the English orientalist painter John Frederick Lewis (1804-1876). The engraving is attributed to P. Selée, of whom nothing further is known. $150
Howard Pyle. "The First Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence -- The Members of Congress Leaving Independence Hall." From Harper's Weekly. New York, July 10, 1880. 13 1/4 x 19 3/4. Wood engraving. $250
A.B. Frost. "Pleasure-Boating on the Schuylkill." From Harper's Weekly. New York, June 21, 1884. 13 3/4 x 9 1/4. Wood engraving.
During the Civil War, illustrated newspapers like Harper's Weekly provided the American public with current and accurate pictures of the war. These newspapers continued to document the events, scenes, and personages of the following years, with great popularity. Many of the illustrations were by important artists such as Winslow Homer, Thomas Nast, and A.B. Frost. This is one of the most appealing of the Harper's Weekly prints, by Frost, one of their best known artists. Here depicted are four scenes on the Schuylkill: 'Boat Houses, Fairmount Park,' 'A Rest at the Island,' 'Caught in a Shower' and 'Regatta Day.' This is a lovely composite image to have of the Philadelphia of over 100 years ago. JT OUT ON APPROVAL
Prints by Ruth Budd Gillespie. Ca. 1920. Etchings. Signed and titled in pencil. Excellent condition.
Ruth Budd Gillespie (1898-1935) studied under James Fincken. Her etchings of buildings in the Philadelphia area have considerable charm.
Henry B. McIntire was an architectural illustrator flourishing in Philadelphia in the 1950s. He was active in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and prepared checklists of the historical prints in the collection (published in the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography in 1942) as well as a listing of holdings of the drawings and watercolors of David J. Kennedy. His illustrations were both contemporary and historic and they are excellent for their accuracy and detail.
Welch's National Circus was built in 1837, on a lot on the South side of Chestnut Street, which from the time of Penn's Landing had been vacant. It was designed as a building in which equestrian exhibitions were to be given together with a theatrical entertainment. The building caught fire in 1854 and was completely destroyed. The lot stood idle for a few years and in 1857 the Continental Hotel was erected upon it. This hotel was replaced by the present Benjamin Franklin Hotel in 1925. $65
This building was originally for the Art Club of Philadelphia and later the Keystone Club. Frank Miles Day's intention was to provide "a restrained and refined brick and stone study of the Venetian Middle Ages." (Finkel, Philadelphia Then and Now, p. 38.) $65
M.M. Taylor. "Christ Church, Philadelphia." From Historic Churches of America, Their Romance and Their History. Philadelphia: H. L. Everett, 1892-94. 11 x 7 1/8. Etching. Signed by artist in plate. Very good condition.
M. M. Taylor was Margaret M. Taylor (Mrs. George L.) Fox, who resided in Silver Spring, Maryland. Born in Philadelphia in 1857, she was a pupil of Peter Moran and T. P. Anshutz, and was known as a painter, illustrator, etcher and teacher. Henry L. Everett was a Philadelphia publisher whose business in 1890 was at 227 South 6th Street. Historic Churches of America, published in the 1890s, contained illustrations and essays relating to about 60 churches, cathedrals, meetings and missions in the United States, Canada and Mexico. $225
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