The Old Print Shop

Dartmouth College.

  • ARTIST: Christian Meadows

  • PUBLISHER: Published by B. D. Howe, New Hampshire.

  • MEDIUM: Steel engraving,

    DATE: 1851.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 12 1/8 x 18 1/2" (30.8 x 47 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Engraved by C. Meadows. A great view of Dartmouth with an interesting pedigree. Christian Meadows (1814-after 1872) was an English born engraver who immigrated to Boston in the 1830s. In 1849, Meadows was working in Boston, engraving plates for banknote printer. He and some banknote plates soon disappeared. Meadows was suspected of passing counterfeit notes at a Wells River Vermont bank. Meadows was arrested, tried for counterfeiting, convicted, and sentenced to ten years at the Vermont State Prison in Windsor. In 1851 three Dartmouth students--E.T. Quinby, George W. Gardner, and Charles Caverno hoped to commission an engraving of the College. They soon learned that talented Meadows was incarcerated nearby. They asked Henry Harlow, the Warden to permit Meadows to work on the project. Harlow allowed him to travel from Windsor to Dartmouth under guard to make drawings and upon return to the prison, Meadows engraved the copper plate for the print. Dartmouth College was founded in 1769 by Eleazar Wheelock. This view shows the original Dartmouth Hall (destroyed by fire in 1904) flanked by Wentworth Hall and Thorton Hall. Reed Hall is in the distance.




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