New York. [ca. 1840]. Colored aquatint, 15 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches. Tiny unobtrusive paint stain in the lower margin, likely from the colorist, else excellent condition. Matted and framed. Item #WRCAM52202
A fine handcolored image of New York City as seen from Weehawken, New Jersey around 1834. The image was originally painted by Garneray, and engraved by Sigismond Himely. "In this rendering by the French artist Ambroise-Louis Garneray, Manhattan's recessed shoreline appears relatively distinct....The many churches, still holding claim to the title of the city's skyscrapers, are seen as proud and soaring architectural creations rising from their base without a dissenting line....The date of Garneray's rendering is determined, approximately, by the inclusion of the dome of the old Merchants' Exchange, completed in 1827 but destroyed by fire in December 1835. It can be seen to the left of Trinity Church in the lower reaches of Manhattan" - Deák.
The present example is a slightly later state, with the imprint reading: "A Paris chez Hocquart ainé Succr de Basset. Rue St. Jacques No.64 Déposé. New-York Published by Bailly Ward & Co."
A rare and striking New York City view from a prolific period of American color plate production. DEÁK, PICTURING AMERICA 433. STOKES, ICONOGRAPHY OF MANHATTAN ISLAND III, p.614. STOKES & HASKELL, AMERICAN HISTORICAL PRINTS, ca. 1834-E-38, pp.78-79. ENO 149a-c.