William Birch. "Arch Street, with the Second Presbyterian Church, 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. Full margins. Minor printers wrinkle in image. 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 appealing glimpse of Arch Street shows The Second Presbyterian Church which stood at the northeast corner of Third and Arch Streets. The deep perspective view of the street down to the river, along with the details of street life, give a fine look at Philadelphia as a thriving turn of the century city.
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