M. Marigot after William Birch. “High Street, Philadelphia, with an American Stage waggon.” From Charles William Janson’s Stranger in America.
London: James Cundee, 1807. 5 3/8 x 7 5/8. Aquatint by M. Marigot. Hand color. Narrow margins. Very good condition.
For the first decade of the nineteenth century, the images of William Birch’s City of Philadelphia were the best pictures available. It is not surprising that others used these images when they desired to make prints of the city. One who did so was Charles William Janson, who in 1807 issued a petulant account of his years in America. This volume included aquatints of American scenes–a number based on Birch’s prints–which Janson had reduced and etched by M. Marigot. This is Marigot’s version of Birch’s image showing the view looking down “High Street” (today’s Market Street). Marigot notes in particular a stage wagon shown loaded with passengers.