Thomas Hargrave, Ornamental Carver and Sculptor. Southwest Corner of Ridge Road and 13th Street


This advertising print from circa 1848 shows the facade of the three-story business and the adjacent marble yard located at North 13th Street and Ridge Avenue in Philadelphia (east of North Broad Street and north of Spring Garden Street). Signage on the business facade reads: “Thomas Hargrave. Monuments Tombs &c.” Under the front window, another sign advertises: "Union Refectory. Oysters Terrapins & Game in Season by Charles Epley.” A female patron is seen entering the doorway of the Hargrave establishment. Next to her, displayed in the front window, is a monument adorned with a reclining figure. A male patron descends the stairs to the oyster cellar. On the sidewalk outside, a man and a boy admire the sepulchral monuments and headstones that crowd the adjacent fenced, marble yard. Many of the monuments and headstones are ornamented; ornamentations include eagles, urns, a reclining female figure, a standing statue, and the inscription "Mother." In the street, a horse-drawn cart is positioned to receive goods near a stopped omnibus labeled, "Girard College & Green Hill Chesnut [sic] and Thirteenth." A landscape view decorates the side of the omnibus cab. A couple exits the rear of the horse-drawn omnibus, which is filled with other passengers. In the background, neighboring buildings, one with smoking chimneys, are visible. Hargrave established his business at this address in 1844 and operated from the location until the late 1860s. This lithograph was created by Robert F. Reynolds, an artist born circa 1818 in Pennsylvania, and known for his fine-detailed architectural advertising prints. The printer was Frederick Kuhl, who was well-known for producing advertising prints and portrait lithographs during the 1840s.

Last updated: January 8, 2018