New York: Harper's Weekly, 1870.
Woodcut with modern hand coloring. Sheet measures 15 3/8" x 21 1/2"
This impressive bird's eye view of Paris was published as a supplement to the October 8, 1870 edition of Harper's Weekly. An interesting snapshot of the city during a historically significant time, this view was published during the Siege of Paris of the Franco-Prussian War, and months before the Paris Commune when much of the city was left in ruin. Depicting the city from the heights of Sceaux in the south, the print shows French military in the foreground, and several forts surrounding the city are visible - including Fort de Montrouge, Fort de Vicetre, Fort d'Ivry, Fort de Vanves, and Fort d'Issy. The Siene River winds elegantly across the page, and prominent landmarks such as Le Jardin du Luxembourg, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and Les Invalides are identifiable. In good condition with minor wear along the original folds. Repair to lower margin, not affecting the image.
Harper's Weekly was a New York-based illustrated political magazine published from 1857 until 1916. The magazine featured foreign and domestic news, fiction, essays on many subjects, and humor. Its most well-known contributor was Thomas Nast, who made his career doing political cartoons for the publication.