New York: A. Brown & Co., 1862.
Print. Lithograph. 7" x 9 1/4".
This lithograph, made for D.T. Valentine's "Manual of the Common Council of the City of New York" from 1862, depicts the High Bridge during the construction of the large main. As New York City was growing quickly, infrastructure was needed to supply the city with fresh water, and the High Bridge over the Harlem River (which separates Manhattan and the Bronx) formed part of the Croton Aqueduct. D.T. Valentine (1801-1869) served as the Deputy to the Clerk of the Common Council for thirty-seven years and took it upon himself to compile the "Manuals," which he updated and published annually from 1841-1866. These manuals were directories of extensive historical and contemporary records of New York, richly illustrated with maps, lithographs, and engravings.