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City of Davenport, Iowa: From the Original Picture in the Possession of Geo. L. Davenport.

  • ARTIST: Rufus Wright

  • MEDIUM: Multi-stone lithograph

    DATE: c.1858

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 16 1/2 x 27 5/8" (42 x 70 cm)

  • DESCRIPTION: A handsome view of this important city.<br><br> This image shows Davenport from across the Mississippi River. It is based upon a painting by Rufus Wright, then in the possession of George L. Davenport, after whom the city was named. The first bridge across the Mississippi, built in 1858, is shown in the far right of the image. A steam train appears in the foreground pulling a freight car and two cars of passengers. A flat boat is in the river, along with several boats, including the steamboats Tishomingo and Keokuk & Davenport Packet Ben Campbell. A list of population counts in the lower margin documents the striking growth of the city over a 22-year period, from a tiny town of 60 people in 1836, to 16,677 residents in 1858.


  • CONDITION: Poor condition. Mounted, upper portion of image cut off narrow to non existent side margins. Some stains and foxing. Sold as is.


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