The Old Print Shop

Charleston, S.C.

  • ARTIST: John W. Hill

  • PUBLISHER: Published 1851 by the Smith Brothers & Co. London.

  • MEDIUM: Two stone lithograph with original hand coloring,

    DATE: 1851.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 25 5/8 x 42 1/2" (65 x 108.1 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Hill & Smith del. To the Publisher this print is most respectfully dedicated by their obedient and Humble Servant, Smith Brothers & Co. London.<BR><BR> "In Hill's antebellum view of Charleston, our perspective is just below White Point Gardens, in the foreground. The Ashley River is to the left and the Cooper River to the right. The wide thoroughfare in thew center, leading from the waterfront, is Meeting Street. Paralleling it to the left is King Street, and to the right Church Street.." Deak.<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. This view of Charleston was noted as being published in London, it is the only one of their views that note a London address. It is likely that they attempted to set up an English branch. <BR>


  • CONDITION: Good condition save for one small puncture in the sky. Professionally conserved.

  • REFERENCE: Reps "Views and view makers" #3894.