E.A. Wright. "1876. International Exhibition. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia".
Philadelphia: E.A. Wright. ca. 1876. 22 x 28 (image). Engraving by E.A. Wright. Very good condition. Scarce. Framed. Snyder, Mirror of America 91.
As 1876 approached, excitement grew about the forthcoming Centennial Exhibition, to be held in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. In anticipation of the event, many large prints were issued by a number of firms to be used for advertising, given as gifts, or to be sold as souvenirs. Many prints were issued depicting the large buildings constructed for the exhibition. This lovely print is composed of five vignettes of the major buildings at the Centennial Exhibition. These five buildings are Memorial Hall (Art Gallery), Agricultural Hall, Machinery Hall, Horticultural Hall and the Main Building. Each vignette is surrounded by a decorative engraved frame. At the top of the print is a bald eagle perched on an American shield holding Old Glory and flags of others nations. Large prints rarely survive in good condition, making this print scarce. An example of this print can be found in the collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.