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Maker(s):Smith, Benjamin F. (artist); Wellstood, William (engraver); Peters, Henry (engraver)
Culture:American (1830-1927); American, born in Scotland (1819-1900); American (19th century)
Title:Brooklyn, New York
Date Made:1854
Type:Print
Materials:colored aquatint
Measurements:Sheet: 28 in x 42 1/16 in; 71.1 cm x 106.8 cm; Image: 23 9/16 in x 39 11/16 in; 59.8 cm x 100.8 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1951.82.x
Credit Line:From the Estate of Miss Isabel J. Turner
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Label Text:
Benjamin Smith was one of four brothers who specialized in the publication of city views from 1848 to 1855. The brothers traveled up and down the East Coast and westward to Ohio, Missouri, and Kentucky, making views and obtaining subscribers for them. Most of them were lithographed in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston by the best printers, but this view of Brooklyn is a steel-plate engraving by William Wellstood and Henry Peters. Engraving large prints required a great amount of time and skill. Additionally, each impression from the plate was individually inked and printed, creating relatively expensive images. This view shows Brooklyn from the west, with the bustling East River in the foreground.
Georgia Barnhill, 2014

Tags:
urban; prints; boats; water; sunshine; cities; clouds; sails; landscapes

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