By Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Memin.

Etching, 1796-c.1920.

Image 12 7/8 x 18 3/8″ (32.6 x 46.7 cm).

Over all good condition, foxing in the sky.

Deak, “Picturing America” #215.

New York as it looked at the end of the 18th century.

“The handsomely conceived view presents New York’s East River waterfront as it looked near the end of the eighteenth century, with church spires claiming title as the city’s skyscrapers…”. N. Phelps Stokes.

Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Memin. (1770-1852) Between 1796 and 1810 created some of the most beautiful images in the history of American portraiture. Nearly a thousand Americans sat for portraits, among them Thomas Jefferson, Paul Revere, Mother Seton, Meriwether Lewis, and Charles Willson Peale. Saint-Mémin’s popularity rested on a growing appreciation for profiles as a particularly truthful form of portraiture, and his distinctive images have come to epitomize Federal America. This print is one of the very few views that he produced.

Printed chine colle. (Printed on tissue and heavier paper)