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A South West View of the City of New York, in North America. Vue de Sud Oust de la Ville de New York, dans l'Amerique Septentrionale. Drawn on the Spot by Capt. Thomas Howdell, of the Royal Artillery. Engraved by P.Canot
London: printed for John Bowles, Robert Sayer, Thos. Jefferys, Carington Bowles and Henry Parker, [1768]. Copper engraving by Pierre Charles Canot, after Howdell, coloured by hand. Third state. 19 1/8 x 25 1/2 inches. The Howdell-Canot Southwest view: one of the most important early views of New York City, taken from the southern slope of Mount Pitt, near the present- day intersection of Henry and Montgomery Streets. This fine print from the famously rare Scenographia Americana series is after a drawing by Captain Howdell made in about 1763. Little is known of Howdell's life other than the outline of his military career. His name first appears in the Army Lists in 1747 and continues until 1771. In 1763 he commanded the seventh company of the third battalion of the Royal Artillery, stationed in New York. He produced one other view of the city that was also published in the Scenographia. The present view from Mount Pitt shows the Rutgers house built in 1754-5, across the harbour can be seen the roofs of the city with Trinity Church and the New (or Middle) Dutch Church prominent on the skyline. The meadow south of the Rutgers house is a prominent feature in many of the views and plans of the period. Deak 116; Stokes Iconography I. pp. 279-281 (plate37)
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