New York: Williams & Stevens, 1852.
Lithograph, in antique frame, 26 3/4 x 34 3/4 inches.
This dream like bird's eye view depicts New York City and Brooklyn in the mid 19th century. The perspective of Union Square, looking south from Union Square Park is unusual. Ships dot the rivers and the docks burst with activity. Bachmann has prominently featured the oval-shaped Union Square Park in the foreground, which had opened in 1839. Fashionable dwellings eventually circled the perimeter of this new residential district circle. The fountain was erected to celebrate the opening of the Croton Aqueduct, which brought sufficient clean water to the quickly expanding population. The view is in good condition with old mounting, some scuffing and abrasions throughout. John Bachmann (1814-1896) was a Swiss-born lithographer and artist known for his bird's-eye views, especially of New York City. Lithography by Sarony and Major.