Unattributed. “Clermont Seminary, near Philadelphia.”
Philadelphia: April, 1830. From The Casket. 4 1/4 x 7 1/4. Engraving. Hand color. Very good condition. Snyder, Mirror of America: 136.
This image was originally issued in 1802 in the publication the Port Folio, but was reissued in the monthly magazine The Casket in 1830 most likely to accompany an article on the seminary. This image issued by the The Casket can be identified by the lack of bounding lines around the image. In 1826, Samuel C. Atkinson and Charles Alexander founded The Casket: Flowers of Literature, Wit and Sentiment. This monthly magazine ran until 1839, at which time it was purchased by George R. Graham. Graham soon combined it with Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine and renamed the combined journal as Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine. Though it had a fairly short run, the Casket was said to be the most widely circulated monthly in the United States. It included articles, stories, poetry, puzzles, and steel engraved illustrations, many of which showed scenes of Philadelphia. Clermont Seminary was a school located at Heart lane and Nicetown Lane, between Germantown and Frankford. It was a noted boarding school for boys, built in 1804 by two brothers, John Thomas and Charles Carre, in 1804. They located their school on the highest point between Germantown and the Delaware River, a spot commonly called ‘Mount Clermont.’