New York: A. Guerber & Co., 1851.
View. Original color lithograph with hand coloring. Image measures 22 1/8" x 32 1/2". In archival black frame.
This dramatic circa 1851 view depicts New York City and Brooklyn in beautiful detail looking north from Governors Island extending out behind it toward the horizon. The bustling harbor and the piers along the west and east bank is filled with an assortment of sail and steam ships. Battery Park is beautifully depicted with Castle Clinton or Castle Garden, the pre-Ellis Island immigration station and later an entertainment hall, is set into the water and connected with a footbridge, as it was originally constructed. The shoreline of the city would eventually extend outward with landfill by the end of the 19th century. Castle Williams and Fort Jay on Governors Island are featured. Modern New Yorkers map not recognize the 19th century variant of this beautiful city without the iconic Brooklyn bridge and the Statue of Liberty, both of which would only appear decades later. However, the St. Paul's Chapel can be seen standing taller than the rest of the buildings, with Broadway, the oldest north-south thoroughfare sunning alongside. The view is in good condition with some scuffing and abrasions along the title. John Bachmann (1814-1896) was a Swiss-born lithographer and artist known for his bird's-eye views, especially of New York City. Scarce.