Auction 96, Lot 498

"Richmond from the James", Fenn, Harry

Subject: Virginia

Period: 1871 (dated)

Publication: Picturesque America Vol. I

Color: Black & White

9 x 5.5 inches
22.9 x 14 cm

"Picturesque America" was published by Appleton & Co., New York, 1872-75. It was the most elaborate publication of travel imagery produced in the 1870s. This publication set out to reveal the unique and varied scenery of all of America. This was made possible by the recent opening of transcontinental railroads and overland communications. It was considered the definitive treatment of the American landscape, and its appearance just before the nation's Centennial graphically marked the United States' progress in exploration and development of scenic wonders during its first century. Appleton employed many of America's most celebrated and respected artists to prepare the illustrations. Click here to see a complete list of the 49 steel engravings. Click here to see a complete list of the 578 wood engravings.

Unusual scene from below a railroad bridge spanning the James River. Engraved by R. Hinshelwood.


Condition: A

Estimate: $50 - $70

Sold for: $25

Closed on 9/12/2001