Aerial view of New York
- Panorama of New York and Vicinity
- BACHMANN, J[ohn]
- Printed by P.S. Duval, Son & Co., Published by John Weik 607 Sansom Str.,
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Lithograph. Sheet 660 by 950 mm, image 630 by 915 mm.
A wonderful aerial view of New York, focusing on the island of Manhattan, and providing a glimpse of the city before the areas around the island became more densely populated. Areas of farmland are visible at the edges of the print. It also shows the importance of island's location for traffic and trade, with the Hudson and East Rivers full of vessels. The open space of Central Park is visible at the left side.
John Bachmann was one of the leading producers of bird's-eye views in the late nineteenth century, capitalising on the popularity of panoramic views as expressions of civic pride. He was a German immigrant to the United States, where he began his career by producing views of Civil War battlegrounds. The lithographer, Herman Bencke, worked in New York and often collaborated with Bachmann.
Met 54.90.1192; NYPL Eno 382++.