William Birch. "New Market, in South Second Street 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. Uncolored. [Full margins. One spot in image. Otherwise 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 view is of market sheds in South Second Street between Pine and South Streets. The shed in the background is between Lombard and South. Attached to it is a fire engine house (head house) with a cupola containing an alarm bell. In the foreground is the shed between Pine and Lombard.
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