The Gold and Silver Artificers of Philadelphia. In Civic Procession, 22 February 1832


The event shown in this lithograph is the civic procession held in Philadelphia on February 22, 1832, in honor of the centennial anniversary of George Washington's birth. Onlookers cheer the participants in front of the Second Bank on Chestnut Street, between 4th and 5th Streets. City officials and other prominent people of Philadelphia lead the parade, followed by tradesmen, volunteer fire companies, and the military. The top-hatted artisans (the artificers of the title, who struck special commemorative medals for the event) are led by a mounted parade marshal, their craft represented on a float carrying men operating a coin press. The print is by Manneville Elihu Dearing Brown (1810−96), a premier early Philadelphia lithographer and painter who received some early training in Boston. Several years after producing this work, he moved to Upstate New York, where he concentrated on portrait painting.

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Publication Information

M.E.D. Brown, Philadelphia


Title in Original Language

The gold & silver artificers of Phila. In civic procession 22 Feb 1832

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Physical Description

1 print : lithograph ; 23 x 37 centimeters


  • Digital catalog number: POS 318


  1. Mannevillette Elihu Dearing Brown, Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary, Library Company of Philadelphia,
  2. Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary of Lithographers,

Last updated: January 8, 2018