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Auction 171, Lot 177

Bachmann's "Aerial" View of the Mid-Atlantic

"Panorama of the Seat of War. Birds Eye View of Virginia, Maryland Delaware and the District of Columbia", Bachmann, John

Subject: Mid-Atlantic United States, Civil War

Period: 1864 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

28.3 x 17.9 inches
71.9 x 45.5 cm
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This uncommon and desirable quasi-aerial view was "drawn from Nature and Lith. by John Bachmann" and is centered on Richmond and Fredericksburg with north oriented to the right. Reps says of Bachmann that "No finer artist of city views worked in America than John Bachmann. Unfortunately, there is no artist about whom less is known." The beautiful aerial view depicts the region from Portsmouth and Suffolk in the south to Baltimore in the north. Locates Richmond, Ft. Monroe, Petersburg, Fredericksburg and Harper's Ferry. Shows numerous vessels, including early steamships, navigating Chesapeake and Delaware bays. This is the third state of this view with the smoke gone from the Bull Run area (which was added for state two). At lower right is the imprint of Charles Magnus with a copyright date of 1864 at lower center. Sheet size measures 32 x 22.4".

References: cf. Stephenson (CW) #2, pp. 30-31; cf. Stephenson & McKee p. 239; cf. Wooldridge p. 262; Reps (Views) p. 160.

Condition: B

There are light dampstains occupying the center vertical section of the image and some uneven toning mostly in the blank margins. There are a number of short edge tears and chips around the lower title/bottom margin, which have been partially repaired with tissue on verso.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,200

Sold for: $900

Closed on 2/6/2019