Birch, William  “Landsdown the Seat of the late Wm. Bingham Esq. Pennsylvania.  Built by John Penn, Governor of Penn 1763-1776.”  [near Memorial Hall, West Philadelphia]
Birch, William  “Landsdown the Seat of the late Wm. Bingham Esq. Pennsylvania.  Built by John Penn, Governor of Penn 1763-1776.”  [near Memorial Hall, West Philadelphia]
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Birch, William “Landsdown the Seat of the late Wm. Bingham Esq. Pennsylvania. Built by John Penn, Governor of Penn 1763-1776.” [near Memorial Hall, West Philadelphia]

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William Birch.  “Landsdown the Seat of the late Wm. Bingham Esq. Pennsylvania.  Built by John Penn, Governor of Penn 1763-1776.”  [near Memorial Hall, West Philadelphia].  From  Country Seats

Philadelphia:  William Birch, 1809-[27?].  Re-strike by Desilver ca. 1840.  5 7/8” x 7 3/8” (Plate mark).  Copper etching. 

An elegant image from William Birch’s series of twenty prints illustrating the stately country seats in the early nineteenth century.  Birch’s project was national in scope, but most of the sites illustrated were in the Philadelphia area.  Many of the impressive country estates around Philadelphia were located on the wooded banks of the Schuylkill River.  As Birch’s prints of Philadelphia were the first to encompass the entire city, his prints of country seats were the first to illustrate this development along the river.  This print shows the house built by John Penn on the west side of the Schuylkill River not far from Memorial Hall.  The house was destroyed by a fire in the mid 19th century. 

Other prints by William Birch:

High Street Market

State House Garden. Philadelphia

Library & Surgeons Hall, 5th St Philadelphia

Theatre in Chesnut [sic] Street Philadelphia

Destroy'd by Fire in 1820. The Late Theatre in Chestnut Street ...

New Theatre in Chesnut [sic] Street Philadelphia

The New Theatre in Chestnut Street Philadelphia Built 1822. Taken down 1856...

Girard's Bank, late the Bank of the United States ...

Philadelphia Bank in Fourth Street Philadelphia

Arch Street, with the Second Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia

New Market, in South Second Street Philadelphia

Back of the State House, Philadelphia

Second Street North from Market St. with Christ Church Philadelphia

High Street, with the First Presbyterian Church. Taken down in 1820. Philadelphia

An Unfinished House, in Chestnut Street Philadelphia

The Water Works in Centre Square Philadelphia

Bath, near Bristol, Pennsylvania