Scene at the U.S. Agricultural Society's Fair, Philadelphia, 1856


This print depicts a harness race at the track on the grounds of the fourth national exhibition of the United States Agricultural Society (USAS), held at the Powleton grounds in West Philadelphia on October 7–11, 1856. Spectators, including men, women, and children, crowd outside along the track rails in the foreground. In the background, throngs of spectators watch the event from stands or from within the center of the track. The judges' stand and several tents, including one with a flag marked "President," are also visible inside the track. The USAS, formed in 1852 at a convention called by 12 state agricultural societies, strove "to embody in one central Association, the valuable information already obtained by various local Societies, and to establish a more intimate connection between them; to correspond with foreign Societies, and to diffuse a knowledge of their most important Agricultural improvements and discoveries; and, in various other ways, to aid the promotion of this noble art." The work is by James Fuller Queen, a Philadelphia lithographer and pioneer chromolithographer known for his attention to detail, who produced many views of the city and farther afield.

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Publication Information

P. S. Duval & Company Lithography, Philadelphia


Title in Original Language

Scene at the U. S. Agricultural Society's Fair, Philada. 1856

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Physical Description

1 print : lithograph, tinted with two stones ; 22 x 33 centimeters


  • Digital catalog number: POS 678

Last updated: September 12, 2013