Auction 125, Lot 289

"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 New Jersey and Manhattan in the background, and an excellent depiction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Scores 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. A remarkable wood engraving.


Condition: B

A nice impression and overall clean and bright. There are folds as issued and some binding holes and tears to the left of the statue. There is also a short fold separation entering 1" into the view.

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/24/2008