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Auction 156, Lot 294

Rare View of Famous Spa Town in New York

"Saratoga Springs, N.Y.", Burleigh

Subject: Saratoga Springs, New York

Period: 1888 (dated)


Color: Black & White

33.3 x 19.1 inches
84.6 x 48.5 cm

The finely executed stone lithograph was drawn and published by L.R. Burleigh from Troy, New York. This famous spa town is well shown and is bounded in the background by rolling hills. Excellent detail with every building individually noted to include their windows. All streets are delineated and named. The legend below the view identifies 75 springs, bathhouses, buildings, schools, churches and businesses. The renowned Saratoga Race Track is depicted in a large inset view at bottom center. This view is very rare.

Lucien Rinaldo Burleigh (1853-1923) was an artist who operated his own lithography printing press. He specialized in views of small cities, and is known to have drawn around 120 views. Born and raised in Plainfield, Connecticut, Burleigh was well educated with a degree in civil engineering. When he graduated in 1875, the country was still recovering from a depression, and Burleigh was forced to find a way to earn a living outside of the field of civil engineering. He began sketching cities and villages for a Milwaukee lithographing company, and worked for a number of lithographers before opening his own establishment.

References: Reps #2881.

Condition: B+

Light, uneven toning with one small abrasion at left and several marginal tears that have been closed on verso with archival tape, three of which enter less than 1" into image.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,300


Closed on 2/17/2016