Panorama of Philadelphia from the State House Steeple. South

Description

This print is a panoramic view of Philadelphia as seen looking south toward the Delaware River from the State House (Independence Hall) steeple. The area of the city shown is mainly between Independence Square, the river, and about 8th Street. The numbered key indicates seven landmarks visible in the print: (1) the Navy Yard at Southwark; (2) Shot Tower; (3) Philadelphia Prison, i.e., Moyamensing Prison; (4) Albert Barnes Church, i.e., First Presbyterian Church; (5) Pennsylvania Hospital; (6) Washington Square, between Sixth, Eighth, Walnut, and Spruce Streets; and (7) Independence Square. Also shown are visitors on the grounds of Independence Square, the 500 block of the south side of Walnut Street, a horse-drawn dray, and the rooftops of several city blocks. The print is Plate 4 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. South

Type of Item

Physical Description

1 print : lithograph ; 22 x 32 centimeters

Notes

  • Digital catalog number: POS 542.c.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