The Old Print Shop


  • ARTIST: John W. Hill

  • PUBLISHER: Published by Smith Bros. & Co. 225 Fulton St. N.Y.

  • MEDIUM: Lithograph,

    DATE: 1853.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 24 x 39" (60.9 x 99 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Drawn on stone by J. H. Colen, after a watercolor by J.. W., Hill.<br> Printed by F. Michelin & Shattuck N.Y.<br><br> A magnificent view of this important American city on Lake Erie. When issued in 1853 this was the largest view yet produced on the city and is very detailed, especially as far as inland shipping is concerned. A combination of canal boats are shown along with steam boats and sailing vessels that served all of the Great Lakes. Some of the steamboats names are the Mayflower, Ocean, Michigan, Ohio and Detroit. Warehouses and other businesses, some identified, line the waterfront. The wide street running up the middle is Main Street with Washington Street to the right. <br><br> The fabulous Smith Brothers. "During an eight-year period beginning in 1848, the four Smith brothers issued a remarkably fine series of large folio city views. A few of these were engraved, but about forty others were lithographed by highly skilled printers in Boston and New York." John Reps. The prints that they produced as a rule were large, imposing, detailed, accurate and quite beautiful.


  • CONDITION: Good condition save for some minor soiling in the margins.

  • REFERENCE: Deak #644; Reps #2459.