Auction 136, Lot 301

"[Copper Plate] View of Fitchburg, Mass., from Rollstone Hill",

Subject: Massachusetts

Period: 1870 (circa)



16.3 x 8 inches
41.4 x 20.3 cm

This copper plate is a 1938 copy of the original view made in 1870. The title given is from the original lithograph as this plate does not carry the title nor imprint, which continues "Printed in colors by J.H. Bufford, Boston, from nature by E. Whilefield." The plate is finely etched with remnants of printer's ink visible. It is mounted on a copper back-plate that has alignment pin holes. This lot includes a sample print of the December 20, 1938 Fitchburg Sentinel with accompanying presentation copy of the paper's article describing this historical view. Also with a proof copy of the print mounted on cardboard with the copper plate inside. Copper printing plates are scarce and a terrific collectable.


Condition: A+

The plate is very nice with no physical flaws.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $150

Closed on 6/1/2011