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West Point, From Phillipstown. To Colonel S. Thayer Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, This Print is Respectfully inscribed by his obedient Servant W. J. Bennett.

  • ARTIST: William Bennett

  • PUBLISHER: Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St. New York.

  • MEDIUM: Aquatint engraving with original handcoloring,

    DATE: 1830, (c.1860).

  • EDITION SIZE: Large folio - image size 15 7/8 x 21 7/8" (40.3 x 55.6 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: This print was originally issued in 1830 by W. J. Bennett and at some point in the latter 1850's the copper plate was acquired and reprinted by the firm of Currier & Ives. In "Picturing America" by Gloria Deak this print is described, "The quiet majestic surroundings of the West Point Military Academy, located in a beautiful section of the Hudson River Valley, are the focus of the artist's attention in this appealing aquatint. The academy itself, diminished in emphasis, is seen in the distance on a summit to the left. The Hudson River, here about fifty miles from New York City in the vicinity of Garrison, New York, makes graceful turns as it glides through the mountains embracing it on either side. The dense foliage on the elevated southeast bank of the river, where the artist stood to make his drawing, is delineated with richness and variety… Two large Goats that share the limelight in the center foreground and lend a pleasing bucolic touch have chosen to turn their backs on the picturesque panorama. Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, to whom the artist has dedicated his aquatint, assumed command as superintendent of the Military academy at West Point on 28 July 1817…." A unusual and scarce print. One of the only engravings produced by Currier & Ives whose work was primarily in the form of lithography.


  • CONDITION: Overall the print is in good condition save for several small marginal tears, one of which is in the title margin. None of the tears affect the image and all have been professionally repaired. The print has been cleaned and deacidified. Original color.

  • REFERENCE: Deak, G. "Picturing America" #375.