Published by D. Appleton & Co., 1873
Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016
This superb reproduction of an original finely-wrought steelplate engraving, colored by a later hand, is a testament to William Cullen Bryant's genius. It first appeared in his Picturesque America, 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 depicts merchants, sailors, and cargo on the docks of the bustling seaport of New Orleans. In the background, Mississippi River boats and ocean-going barques complete the scene.
The original artist was Alfred Rudolph Waud, and the engraver was D. George Thompson.
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.