Wakefield Manufacturing Company. Hosiery. Germantown, Philadelphia County


This lithograph from circa 1850 shows a pastoral view of the hillside area surrounding the mills of the Wakefield Manufacturing Company. The mills were established circa 1815 by William Logan Fisher, and were located at Eighteenth Street and Fisher's Lane in Philadelphia. In the foreground of this image, six children (one with a basket over his head) play on the hillside, while a man drives a horse-drawn cart loaded with boxes marked "hosiery" on the left. Mill buildings are visible in the distance, behind which more people can be seen on the green. A large residence is partially visible through the woods on the hill in the far distance (center). Owned by the Fisher family of Wakefield, the mills stopped operating in the 1880s. The artist was lithographer Benjamin Franklin Smith, Jr., born in Maine in 1830 and known for creating bird's-eye views in the mid-19th century. This print was produced by Peter S. Duval, one of the most prominent lithographers and printers of his day. Duval was born circa 1804 or 1805 in France. He emigrated from France to Philadelphia in the fall of 1831 to accept a job as a lithographer with the printing firm of Childs & Inman. By 1837 he had established his lithographic printing shop and he remained in business until his retirement in 1869.

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P.S. Duval Lithography, Philadelphia


Title in Original Language

Wakefield Manufacturing Company. Hosiery. Germantown, Philada. County

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Physical Description

1 print : lithograph, tinted with one stone ; 42 x 65 centimeters


  • Digital catalog number: POS 816a

Last updated: October 30, 2015