Jacques Gerard Milbert (1766-1840). Plate 33. “Falls on the Flint River.” [Finger Lakes region, NY]. From Itinéraire Pittoresque du Fleuve Hudson et des Parties Laterales.
Paris: H. Gaugain, 1828-29. First edition. Approx. 8 x 11 5/8 (image). Lithograph on India paper, mounted on backing sheet as original issued. Hand color. Backing sheet margins trimmed. Paper time toned. Old repaired tear bottom right hand side. Loss of india paper due to insect damage in top margin. Not affecting image. Some light wear to image at top and paper time toned. Else, fine condition.
Many Europeans visited the United States in the early decades of the nineteenth century. One of the most prominent was Jacques-Gerard Milbert, who came to the United States on a scientific fact finding mission in 1815, staying until 1822. Interested in the topography of the United States, as well as its natural and social history, Milbert made drawings of most of the places he visited. This resulted, upon his return to Paris, in the publication of the Itinéraire Pittoresque, comprising 53 prints of the United States. These views form one of the most comprehensive and accurate depictions of the northeast in the period. They are also important early examples of the use of the relatively new medium of lithography for topographical prints.
Other prints from Milbert's Itinéraire Pittoresque and other works
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