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Great Fire of the City of New York, 16 December 1835.


  • PUBLISHER: Published January 1836, by the Propietor H.R. Robinson. No. 48 Courtland Street New-York.

  • MEDIUM: Lithograph,

    DATE: 1836.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 15 1/2 x 20 1/4" (39.3 x 51.6 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Lithograph by H.R. Robinson. Drawn from nature by Hoffy. Printed and colored by J.T. Bowen. <br><br> The Great Fire of 1835 came in conjunction with an economic boom created by the opening of the Erie Canal. Hundreds of buildings were destroyed in the blaze because the city's main water sources were the rivers, which were frozen over at the time. <br><br> There is a number key just under the printed image - we have been able to identify most of the noted people. 1. A. M. C Smith. 2. James S. Leggett. 3. Nath'l Finch (fireman). 4. Mathew Bird (fireman). 5.. 13 Engine (fireman with 13 hats or fire pumper behind). 6. Zohar Mills (fireman). 7. or 8. James Watson Webb the second figure not identified. 9. unidentified. 10 James Gulick (Fire Chief Engineer, central figure). 11. Cornelius W. Lawrence, Mayor. 12. Charles King 13.Jacob Hays 13. Thomas Downing. 14. E. Windust. <br><br>


  • CONDITION: Generally good condition, narrow margins and minor light discoloration.


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