"City Of Boston, From South Boston"
Published by D. Appleton & Co., 1873
Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016
This superb reproduction of a finely-wrought steelplate engraving, "City of Boston" from William Cullen Bryant's Picturesque America, was originally published by D. Appleton & Co., New York, circa 1872-1874.
William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), the distinguished American poet and editor, practiced law until 1825 when he switched avocations and became editor and finally owner of the Evening Post. Later, he edited Picturesque America and was responsible for choosing artists rather than photographers to interpret the beauty of America.
This print exemplifies the high point of 19th century intaglio printing. It portrays Boston harbor with sailors rowing to a barque lying at anchor, sloops at the near dock, brigantines at the far dock, and the city itself in the distance.
The artist was John Douglas Woodward, and the original engraving was by Edward Paxman Brandard.
We custom-print this facsimile on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.