The Old Print Shop

New York.

  • ARTIST: John W. Hill

  • PUBLISHER: Published by F. and G. W. Smith, 59 Beekman Street, New York.

  • MEDIUM: Handcolored engraving.

    DATE: 1855.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 29 x 50 3/8" (73.8 x 121..8 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Painted by J. W. Hill. Engraved by C. Mottram. Printed by McQueen, London. Third state of three. First state is engraved in aquatint only by Sigismond Himely. In the second state, horizontal engraved lines in the sky and water have been added to the plate, Himley’s name still appears. In the third state Himley’s name has been removed and replaced by C. Mottram. The third state is what is normally seen in the market place. The plate survives and twentieth-century impressions have been produced. One easy way to tell the twentieth-century impressions is that the words “Proof,” located in the lower left title margin has been removed. This view shows Manhattan from the East River at approximately the location of Brooklyn Heights and the Navy Yard. One of the largest engraved views of the city produced. Based upon a watercolor by John William Hill (1812-1879). He was the son of the artist, John Hill, and father of the artist, John Henry Hill. He was a British born artist who specialized in landscapes, cityscapes, and ornithological and zoological subjects. He produced many views of American cities for the Smith Brothers and others. He was a member of the National Academy of Design.


  • CONDITION: Generally good condition. There are two large tears extending into the image on both sides and several minor teras in the margins. Professionally repaired. Beautiful modern hand coloring.

  • REFERENCE: Deak, Picturing America #643; Stokes, Iconography, v.3, p. 7145.