The Old Print Shop

Bro Ofver Skuylkill Strommen Nara Philadelphia.

  • ARTIST: Axel Leonhard Klinckowstrom

  • PUBLISHER: Published in Stockholm.

  • MEDIUM: Aquatint engraving,

    DATE: 1824.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 9 7/8 x 16 9/16" (25.1 x 42.1 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: A rare, early view aquatinted by Carl Fredrik Akrell for the atlas volume accompanying Klinckowstrom's "Bref om de Forente Staterna" (1824). Klinckowstrom was a representative from Sweden who resided in the United States from 1818 to 1820. <br><br> This view shows the Colossus Bridge (also known as the Fairmount Bridge or Upper Ferry), which was a record-setting timber bridge erected across the Schuylkill River near Philadelphia between 1809 and 1812. It burned in 1838. Klinckowstrom also drew fine views of New York and Washington.


  • CONDITION: Good condition save for rippling in image.

  • REFERENCE: #314 in "Picturing America" by Gloria Gilda Deak.