Baltimore: Edward Sachse & Co., 1855. Multi-stone lithograph with resin highlights, 21.2” x 32.2”. Original left, right and bottom margins, top margin trimmed to within 1.5” of neat line, old repaired tear at left center margin just into main image, vignettes with resin highlights, overall very good. Item #100220
Impressive panoramic view of Pennsylvania’s capitol city looking from the north, drawn from nature and daguerreotype by J.T. Williams, York Pa. Twenty-one vignettes form the primary border and include "View of Bridgeport", "Susquehanna River & Harrisburg, from the South", "House of Representatives", "Senate" along with churches and other prominent structures.
Depicted is the second capital building constructed in 1822 and known as the “Hills”
Capital", in honor of designer & architect Stephen Hills, is prominently shown in the left foreground. This dramatic red brick structure was destroyed by fire in 1897. The vignette at bottom center presents an accurate perspective of the expansive river breadth at Harrisburg and also depicts the tandem covered bridges of the Cumberland Railroad crossing, four thousand feet in length, which was dismantled in 1855-56.
Little is known of York artist J.T. Williams though he is credited with another Sachse view of York, Pa in 1852.
Edward Sachse was an accomplished and prolific lithographer who settled in Baltimore around 1848 and produced many superb panoramic views primarily of Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland area, 57 in total. Sachse & Co. are credited with 16 views between 1850 and 1887 of subjects outside the D.C.-Md-Va area.
Ref: Reps "Views" 3438; Stout 102; Hebert "Panoramic Maps" 788.