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Green-tinted lithograph. Professionally mounted on paper; repair in lower margin not affecting printed surface, two mended splits at edges just entering surface, else a crisp, clean image; overall very good. A rare, very attractive bird's-eye view of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, with illustrations of iconic events and locales of the American Revolution. It was images of this kind that helped perpetuate certain events in the narrative of the nation¿s creation. The central scene at top depicts Washington with his wife visiting the winter encampment at Valley Forge. The familiar crossing of the Delaware image can be seen to the right, and on the left is the less familiar image Washington¿s Headquarters at Valley Forge. The two scenes at bottom show contemporaneous visitors enjoying other notable sites of the town. Because of its significance to the course of the Revolutionary War, the site of the encampment was been preserved as Valley Forge National Historical Park under the auspices of the National Park Service. The view of the town itself conveys, like so many others of its type, a tranquil, somewhat idealized landscape, in which modern transportation (the railroad) and industry (a factory in the foreground) seem to mingle seamlessly in a still largely agrarian landscape. Such views functioned in a number of ways: as lures for both tourists and potential residents; expressions of civic pride for residents; and in this case, as an effort to perpetuate an area¿s historic significance. Below the view is a legend listing six of the major sites, which are keyed to the view. Although the original artist is not credited on the print, the Library of Congress, which holds a copy, attributes it to T.M. Fowler, a frequent collaborator with James B. Moyer on bird's-eye views (see references below). Thaddeus M. Fowler was a leading artist and lithographer of views during the heyday of promotional bird¿s-eye views of American towns, which spanned from just after the Civil War to the turn of the century. His work is admired for its precise renderings and attention to cartographic and historical detail. He is likely the most prolific of all the American view makers, with over 400 to his credit during a 54-year career. Fowler¿s output included 220 separate views of 199 towns in Pennsylvania, as well as of locations in at least 21 states and three Canadian provinces. To put this figure in context, he was responsible for over 10% of the 1,726 panoramic maps recorded in a checklist produced by the Library of Congress in 1984. Perhaps the largest collection of Fowler views belongs to the Library of Congress, which has over 200, with another major collection in the library of the Pennsylvania State University Library, University Park. James B. Moyer was a publisher based in Myerstown and Morrisville, Pennsylvania, who published panoramic lithograph views under his own name as well as frequently collaborating with other artists and publishers. These include dozens of views produced with the prolific artist and publisher of bird's-eye views, Thaddeus M. Fowler (as Fowler & Moyer), and collaborations with O.H. Bailey of Boston (as Bailey and Moyer), and with Albert E. Downs, a lithographer. Reps 3697; N° de ref. de la librería
Título: Valley Forge, Pa. 1890.
Año de publicación: 1890
Encuadernación: No Binding
Condición del libro: Very Good
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