Auction 109, Lot 718

"Liberty Enlightening the World - Bartholdi's Colossal Statue on Bedlow's Island, New York Harbor", Fenn, Harry

Subject: New York

Period: 1886 (published)

Publication: Harper's Weekly

Color: Black & White

40.5 x 13.5 inches
102.9 x 34.3 cm

This beautiful and moving engraving is itself a colossal work of art. The statue of Liberty dominates with the river with New Jersey and Manhattan in the background. Hundreds of people are gathered around the base of the statue. Important buildings on the horizon are named above the neatline. The statue was unveiled and dedicated on October 28, 1886, by President Grover Cleveland and other dignitaries. The huge sculpture by Auguste Bartholdi's, "Liberty Enlightening the World," was designated the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1924. Excellent depiction of the Brooklyn Bridge across the water. Published in the October 30, 1886 Supplement to Harper's Weekly. A remarkable and rarely seen wood engraving.


Condition: A

Originally folding, now professionally backed with heavy linen.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $425

Closed on 12/1/2004