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TROY. TAKEN FROM THE WEST BANK OF THE HUDSON - Bennett, William James - 1838. 
New York: Henry J. Megarey, 1838. - Colored aquatint, image area 17 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches. Mild toning. Very good. Matted and framed. A wonderfully energetic and skillfully hand- colored view of Troy, New York from across the Hudson River, produced by Henry J. Megarey, the publisher of THE HUDSON RIVER PORTFOLIO. The artist, William James Bennett was a London-born watercolor painter and aquatint engraver, probably most famous for his 1841 view of New Orleans, one the finest depictions of American maritime commerce ever printed, and part of the same series of American city views as the current example. Bennett's Troy view is striking in its own right. "In this beautiful aquatint of Troy by the artist, William James Bennett we see a well-developed and busy city. The white-columned building in the left center is the First Presbyterian Church, erected in 1835-1836 (just in time to be included in the aquatint) and still standing today. The square tower with pinnacles to its right is Saint Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church, erected in 1827- 1828 and also still standing. Making its way along the Hudson, further to the right, is the steam packet JOHN MASON, its deck, fore and aft, crowded with passengers. On the viewer's side of the Hudson, we are given a good idea of what well-dressed young men of the 1830s might be wearing. As is typical of Bennett's work, this view of Troy is a well- balanced pictorial image, containing elements of landscape and riverscape painting" - Deak. Deak refers to Bennett's series of nineteen scenes of late 1830s - early 1840s urban America as "the finest collection of folio views of American cities." The present example is a first state copy, with the word "TROY" unshaded. Exceedingly rare. DEAK, PICTURING AMERICA 479. STOKES, ICONOGRAPHY OF MANHATTAN ISLAND III, pp.619-22. STOKES & HASKELL, AMERICAN HISTORICAL PRINTS, P.1837-E- 53, pp.83-84. FIELDING, AMERICAN ENGRAVERS 152. ENO 494.
[Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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