Thomas Birch. "Philadelphia. From Kensington".
Philadelphia: C.G. Childs, 1828. Octavo. 3 5/8 x 5 7/8. Engraving by J. Cone. Very good condition.
Thomas Birch is well remembered both for his work with his father, William, on the series of views of Philadelphia and independently, for his achievements as a painter and engraver. Cephas Greer Childs was a printmaker and publisher who was well acquainted with the Philadelphia area. This print is based on Birch's famous depiction of Philadelphia from Kensington, and it exhibits the quality for which Childs' prints are known. The perspective and the bustling activity of the harbor beautifully evoke the spirit of early nineteenth century Philadelphia.
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