New York & Switzerland: J.O & J.H. Locher, [ca. 1850]. Tinted lithograph, 24.5 x 33. Wide margins. Archivally lined on verso, with small marginal restorations not affecting image, including unobtrusive repairs of three short closed tears. Very good plus. Item #2140
An attractive and very rare bird's eye view of Philadelphia, drawn on stone by Gustav Matter after Bachmann's original view. The panorama looks west across the city from the perspective of Camden, New Jersey, and the Delaware River waterfront. Names can be seen on a few of the paddle-wheel steamships navigating the river, two of them discreetly giving a nod to the artist and publisher with a small portrait of each. Numerous and varied other ships line the waterfront, and the city's buildings, rendered in excellent detail, sweep into the background to meet the Schuylkill River. The very left of the image shows the still undeveloped fields of what is now South Philly. Overall, a finely drawn and delicately colored depiction of bustling, mid-19th-century Philadelphia. Not in OCLC; Reps locates one copy, at the Yale Art Museum.