Perkins, Granville  “Philadelphia From Belmont, West Park.”
Perkins, Granville  “Philadelphia From Belmont, West Park.”
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Granville Perkins “Philadelphia From Belmont, West Park.”  From Picturesque America

New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872. 5 ¼ x 9 ¼ (image).  Steel engraving by Robert Hinshelwood.  Excellent condition.

A charming print from Picturesque America.  This two volume set and others of its genre were very popular during the mid-nineteenth century.  Through their ample illustrations they provided a glimpse of nineteenth century America – much more bucolic than today – its towns, rivers, ports, important architecture, and other areas of interest.  One of the inspirations behind the publication was the forthcoming Centennial celebration of the United States to be held in Philadelphia in 1876, and this volume celebrates the variety and majesty of the maturing country. As stated by Sue Rainey, in her excellent Creating ‘Picturesque America.’, “As the first publication to celebrate the entire continental nation, it enabled Americas, after the trauma of the Civil War, to construct a national self-image based on reconciliation between North and South and incorporation of the West.”  (p. xiii)