Auction 160, Lot 259

"Plan of the City of Washington", Weld, Isaac

Subject: Washington, D.C.

Period: 1798 (dated)

Publication: Travels Through the States of North America...

Color: Black & White

8.6 x 6.8 inches
21.8 x 17.3 cm

This is a reduced and simplified version of Ellicott's plan of 1792. Washington is bordered by the Potomack (Potomac) River and the Eastern Branch, now the Anacostia River. Georgetown, at the left and northwest of Rock Creek, is separately labeled. Reedy Branch and Tiber Creek are shown to the north outside of the street pattern. A few major buildings including the Capitol and Presidents House are labeled; others are merely outlined. The proposed landscape design for the Mall is shown with some detail. Near the upper right is an eight-pointed compass indicator surmounted by a fleur de lis. Published by John Stockdale on September 16, 1798.

References: Howes #W-235; Phillips (DC) PW #37.

Condition: B+

Issued folding with minor toning and offsetting. There are archival repairs to a fold separation that enters 1/2" into image at top right and a short tear at top left, confined to the blank margin. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $375

Closed on 11/16/2016