The Old Print Shop


  • ARTIST: Henry Lewis

  • PUBLISHER: Lith. Jnst. Arnz & Co. Dusseldorf.

  • MEDIUM: Multi-stone lithograph,

    DATE: 1854-57.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image 5 5/16 x 7 11/16" (136 x 194 mm) plus title and margins.

  • DESCRIPTION: Printed by C. H. Muller. Aachen. From DAS ILLUSTRIERTE MISSISSIPPITHAL (The Valley of the Mississippi Illustrated). In the late 1840's Henry Lewis traveled the length of the Mississippi and with the assistance of other artists assembled a collection of sketches detailing scenery of the entire river. Based on these drawings, Lewis proceeded to paint a panorama on a continuous length of canvas which would be moved and viewed through a frame. In the fall of 1848, the completed piece (hundreds and hundreds of feet in length), began its tour of American cities. A European tour followed and while in Dusseldorf, in 1853, Lewis teamed up with the publisher Heinrich Arnz to redo the sketches as lithographs illustrating a book on Mississippi scenery. While production was sporadic and relatively unprofitable, the resulting sevety-eight lithographs provide a early and remarkably complete record of the Mississippi River.


  • CONDITION: Very good condition and color.