William Birch. "Back of the State House, Philadelphia". From The City of Philadelphia . . .
Philadelphia: W. Birch, 1799-1800. First edition. From The City of Philadelphia . . . 18 1/4 x 20 1/2 (frame size). Engraving. Uncolored. Full margins. Very good condition. Framed. Note: in the photo the darker area in the bottom mat is due to a shadow.
The project of producing this series was carried out entirely in Philadelphia, and while many other individuals had a role, including Birch's son Thomas who provided many of the original drawings, the prints were mostly the product of the efforts of William Birch. Not only did he conceive and plan the project, but he also drew many of the scenes. The first edition, published in 1800, included 27 plates engraved by S. Seymour, and it was a great success, its subscription list numbering 156, including Thomas Jefferson. This print is one of the most interesting. It shows the roof and finial added to the State House in 1781, as well as the clock by William Stretch added around 1750. To the right is the Library Company building designated as Philosophical Hall, and to its left is Peale's Museum, so designated.
Other prints by William Birch: