George Cooke

Richmond, : from the Hill above the Waterworks.

Aquatint engraving, c.1833.
Image size 17 3/4 x 25 3/8" (45.2 x 64.6 cm).
Very good condition and color.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 44323
Price: $65,000.00
Publisher : Published by Lewis P. Clover, 180 Fulton St. N.Y.
Engraved by W. J. Bennett from a painting by G. Cooke. One of the rarest and most beautiful of Bennett's aquatints. Gloria Deak describes the print as "George Cooke's romantic celebration of Richmond's charms. . . His composition describes the winding path of the Kanawha Canal, embracing in its arc the waters of the James River, where closely clustered buildings rising from its banks define the human community. Grazing cows lend a pastoral touch, and elegant residents, sketched at their leisure on the wooded heights, are placed by the artist in the amphitheater like setting. . . ." Shown prominently is the Virginia State Capitol building which was designed by Thomas Jefferson. To the right is the Governor's mansion. To the left is City Hall (torn down in 1870) and the State Penitentiary which was designed by Benjamin Latrobe. A very fine impression with bright, original handcoloring. Framed in gold leaf molding. 18th-19th Century Subjects , Town Views - United States , Virginia & West Virginia