The Old Print Shop

A South West View of Sanderson's Franklin House Chestnut St. Philadelphia.

  • ARTIST: John Rubens Smith

  • PUBLISHER: Printed by C. P. Harrison, Philadelphia.

  • MEDIUM: Aquatint,

    DATE: c.1844.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 11 3/4 x 18 1/8" (30 x 46 cm)

  • DESCRIPTION: Drawn and engraved by John Ruben Smith.<br><br> One of a pair of very scarce advertising views of the city.<br><br> Smith executed two views for city hotelier Joseph Sanderson. "In commissioning Smith to produce this pair of prints, Sanderson must have intended to convey as part of his message the quality of his hotels. Both prints show a street scene in Philadelphia... bustling with pedestrian and vehicular activity. Omnibuses, coaches, strollers, shoppers, workman and dogs fil the streets." Whol.


  • CONDITION: Good condition save for faint mat line. Short tear in lower left margin, outside of plate line. Fine original hand coloring.

  • REFERENCE: Jay Snider Colection sale. #283; Snyder 205; Whol 153.