The Old Print Shop

Richmond, : from the Hill above the Waterworks.

  • ARTIST: George Cooke

  • PUBLISHER: Published by Lewis P. Clover, 180 Fulton St. N.Y.

  • MEDIUM: Aquatint engraving,

    DATE: 1833-34.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 17 3/4 x 25 3/8" (45.2 x 64.6 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Engraved by W. J. Bennett from a painting by G. Cooke. One of the rarest and most beautiful of Bennett's aquatints. Gloria Deak describes the print as "George Cooke's romantic celebration of Richmond's charms. . . His composition describes the winding path of the Kanawha Canal, embracing in its arc the waters of the James River, where closely clustered buildings rising from its banks define the human community. Grazing cows lend a pastoral touch, and elegant residents, sketched at their leisure on the wooded heights, are placed by the artist in the amphitheater like setting. . . ." Shown prominently is the Virginia State Capitol building which was designed by Thomas Jefferson. To the right is the Governor's mansion. To the left is City Hall (torn down in 1870) and the State Penitentiary which was designed by Benjamin Latrobe.


  • CONDITION: Fair to good condition save for several professionally tear in the margins, occasionally entering the image. One small area of margin and image loss along right edge, 1" into image that has been professionally filled. Original hand coloring with some modern enhancements.

  • REFERENCE: Deak #420; Stokes #1833 E-58.