Picturesque America Antique Prints 1872


While our images are electronically watermarked, the antique prints themselves are not.

City of Louisville PAM188 $75
Each print measures approximately 12 1/2 inches by 9 1/2 inches

We are delighted to offer these beautiful hand colored steel engravings from the 1872 edition of PICTURESQUE AMERICA or The Land We Live In,  A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes, Forests, Water-Falls, Shores, Canyons, Valleys, Cities, and Other Picturesque Features of Our Country. It contains many beautiful woodcuts & steel engravings by famous American artists of the period such as Thomas Moran, Harry Fenn , F.O.C. Darley,  A. F. Bellows, J.M. Hart, C. Griswold, & W. Shepard.

The work was issued after the Civil War had devastated the fabric of American life & people looked to simpler times & the beauty of the country for solace.  Sold originally by subscription, in blue wrappers, these romantic views became wildly successful. Today, it is a poignant & bittersweet experience to look through the series, with its depictions & descriptions of the bucolic life and superb scenery that has disappeared or changed dramatically in the 133 years since publication.

Much of the history of the country was addressed & it presents a fascinating glimpse of American life and the forces at work in this vast & fabulous land, truly the land of opportunity.

We bought our first print from this work many years ago, without knowing what it was from.  It was a scene of the Florida Coast by Harry Fenn so evocative that we never fail to look at it with joy some 35 years down the road.  Imagine our delight to find the whole series of prints, with many more equally breathtaking scenes.

Each print is a steel engraving measures approximately 12 1/2 inches by 9 1/2 inches. The condition of the plates is excellent, with the paper being a fine, heavy, wove type.  The hand coloring is the recent work of our professional English colorists & superbly beautiful.  If there is a special spot in the US that has captured your heart, you may find it here.

We accept credit cards, PayPal, checks, and money orders. Washington state residents pay Washington state sales tax. Shipping for this item is $8.95. Items can be combined to save on postage. Our environment is smoke free. We pack professionally using only new materials. All items are beautifully wrapped and suitable for sending directly as gifts. You may return any item within 7 days if not satisfied. To order, you may call us at 1-888-PANTEEK, fax or email.


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