THE FALLS OF ST. ANTHONY

 

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AUTHOR:

HILL, JOHN [AFTER JOSHUA SHAW]

TITLE:

Falls of St. Anthony on the Mississippi. From: “Picturesque Views of American Scenery.” Published by Thomas T. Ash, Philadelphia.

CONDITION:

Aquatint, engraved by John Hill, with original hand color, 10 x 13-3/4”. Imprint trimmed off along lower margin, otherwise very nice condition.

DATE:

[1820]-1835

DESCRIPTION:

This pastoral view is probably the earliest of the site of the future city of Minneapolis. The falls were discovered by Hennepin in 1680, and retreated rapidly upriver until the 1880s. Shaw’s view shows the falls as they must have looked when visited by Long in 1817. The falls became a major American tourist attraction after the establishment of Ft. Snelling in 1820.

The view is one of a series of twenty views of American scenery, based upon paintings by Joshua Shaw, and engraved by John Hill, which were published under the title
Picturesque Views. The original proposal was to publish six installments of six views each, but only three parts were issued. This view is from the second edition published by Ash in 1835.

Deak praises this celebrated work as the “first systematic attempt to record the New World’s landscape … which helped to prepare the ground for the later marvels of the Hudson River School.” Richard J. Koke calls it “s milestone in American printmaking… It was a foundation book for American color-plate publication.”

REFERENCES:

Deak, Picturing America, 315 (7); Koke, “John Hill Master of Aquatint” (pp. 76-83)

Inventory No. 8443

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