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A Front View of Yale-College, and the College Chapel, in New-Haven.

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  • PUBLISHER: Printed by Daniel Bowen, New Haven.

  • MEDIUM: Woodcut,

    DATE: 1786

  • EDITION SIZE: Sheet size 21 x 18 1/2"(53.4 x 46.8 cm)

  • DESCRIPTION: "This charming colored woodcut is a precursor of the modern-day college catalog, complete with a history of the institution, a list of its courses of study, and illustrations of the buildings and students. The bewigged figure in cap and gown seen from the rear proceeding toward the chapel steps, to whom several students on the right doff their caps, probably represents the Rev. Ezra Stiles, renowned lawyer, linguist, and scholar, who was president of Yale College from 1778 until 1795." – Wendy Shadwell br><br> A very rare 18th-century American broadside.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Framed in 18th-century black wood molding.

  • CONDITION: Fair to good condition. At one time this print was folded into eight panels with some loss along the folds. It has been professionally conserved and backed with rice-paper. Original hand coloring.

  • REFERENCE: Stokes, "Historical Prints of New Haven, Connecticut" #10; American Printmaking, the first 150 years, #78.

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