Auction 124, Lot 270

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

Subject: New York

Period: 1886 (dated)

Publication: Harper's Weekly

Color: Black & White

13.5 x 40 inches
34.3 x 101.6 cm

This beautiful and moving engraving is a colossal work of art, as well as an important historical record. The statue of Liberty dominates with the view with New Jersey and Manhattan in the background and an excellent depiction of the Brooklyn Bridge across the water. Hundreds of people are gathered around the base of the statue. Important buildings on the horizon are named in a band 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, originally titled Liberty Enlightening the World, was designated the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1924. Published in the October 30, 1886 Supplement to Harper's Weekly.


Condition: B

A dark impression on a sheet with folds as issued. A tear into the left portion of the image about 2" is repaired on the verso with archival tape. There is a little abrasion on the folds.

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $400

Closed on 5/7/2008