Panorama of Philadelphia from the State House Steeple. North

Description

This print is a panoramic view of Philadelphia as seen looking north toward North Philadelphia from the State House (Independence Hall) steeple. The area of the city shown is mainly north of Chestnut Street between the Delaware River and 25th Street. The numbered key indicates five landmarks visible in the print: (1) Saint Augustine Church; (2) Girard College; (3) Zion Church; (4) Franklin Square, between Race, Vine, North Sixth, and North Franklin Streets; and (5) Pennsylvania Hall. The north side of the 500 block of Chestnut Street, with several businesses, dominates the foreground. Also seen are the rooftops of several city blocks, the masts of docked ships along the Delaware, rows of trees in front of the State House, and a figure in one of the doorways of the shops. The print is Plate 2 of four panoramas originally issued as Panorama of Philadelphia: Views taken from the State House Steeple by the Philadelphia firm of J.C. Wild & J.B. Chevalier. Originally published by Wild & Chevalier in August 1838 to augment their five-part subscription series of 20 views, the prints sold for 25 cents each, or $1 for the set of four. John Caspar Wild (circa 1804–46) was a Swiss-born artist and lithographer, who arrived in Philadelphia from Paris in 1832. He produced numerous prints and paintings of Philadelphia and other American cities.

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Publication Information

Lithography of Wild & Chevalier, Philadelphia

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Title in Original Language

Panorama of Philadelphia from the State House steeple. North

Type of Item

Physical Description

1 print : lithograph ; 22 x 32 centimeters

Notes

  • Digital catalog number: POS 542.b.1

References

  1. Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary, Library Company of Philadelphia, http://www.librarycompany.org/pos/posdictionary.htm.
  2. John Caspar Wild, Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary, Library Company of Philadelphia, http://www.lcpdigital.org.

Last updated: February 26, 2014