Abbott and Lawrence Liberty Stove Works. Brown Street above Fourth Street, Philadelphia


This circa 1852 advertising print shows the Abbott & Lawrence Liberty Stove Works, founded in 1851 on the 400 block of Brown Street, west of Fourth Street, in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. This view shows a four-story building containing the office and adorned with a cupola, a large work yard, and a foundry building in the rear. At the multi-story building, a laborer loads stoves that are lined on the sidewalk into a horse-drawn wagon under the eye of a man at the doorway. On the roof, two other men stand in the cupola that is adorned with a statue of Liberty. In the adjacent work yard, laborers shovel and pick at mounds of coal and bricks, and load and transport hand- and horse-drawn carts on the grounds and up a ramp leading to an opening in the foundry. Near the workers, a group of men convenes; one man leans on a shovel. Next to the multi-story building, two boys chase each other over a mound. On the sidewalk, pedestrians (including men, women, and children) stroll past a street lamp, watch the workers, and converse near a dog sniffing a fire hydrant. In the street, drivers guide horse-drawn carts, a drayman travels, a man rides on horseback, and two dogs can be seen in a greeting stance. A pedestrian crosses the path of an "Abbott & Lawrence Liberty Stove Works" wagon and a speeding carriage that is occupied by a family of three. On the corner, two gentlemen engage in conversation. The stove works firm was reestablished as Abbott & Noble in 1858, and operated until 1915 under various proprietors. This lithograph was created by Augustus Kollner (1812–1906). Born in Germany, Kollner began his career there before moving to Paris and then to the United States in 1839. He came to Philadelphia in 1840 and quickly established himself as a distinguished artist, etcher, engraver, and lithographer.

Last updated: January 8, 2018