New York: D.T. Valentine, 1861.
View. Lithograph. Image measures 5 3/4" x 8 1/4".
This beautiful small view features a depiction of the High Bridge across the Harlem River in New York City. The view depicts the High Bridge at the time of the construction of the large main as seen from the Westchester side looking northwest. Several buildings can be seen in the foreground
Originally the Aqueduct Bridge, the High Bridge is the oldest bridge in New York City and was a key part of what is now called the "Old Croton Aqueduct". The stone arch bridge built to resemble a Roman aqueduct, carried water across the Harlem River into Manhattan. Designed primarily to support large water pipes, it opened to pedestrians soon after completion in 1848. It quickly became a popular public promenade and a favorite subject for artists and photographers.
In the 1970s, the bridge was closed to the public until it reopened to pedestrians and bicycles in 2015. It is today, a popular attraction for both New Yorkers and visitors. This view was published in the 1862 edition of "Valentine's Manual", a directory of extensive historical and contemporary records of New York. In good condition. Minor wear along original folds. Printed on both sides.
David Thomas Valentine (1801-1869) served as the Deputy to the Clerk of the Common Council for thirty-seven years and began publishing the "Manual for the Corporation of the City of New York" in 1841. The Manuals were directories of extensive historical and contemporary records of New York that included facts about the City of New York, city history, city council information, and reported on the progress of public works such as Central Park. Popularly called Valentine's Manuals, the texts were richly illustrated with maps, lithographs, and engravings. This view provides a fascinating look at New York City.
Illustrator: A. Brown