Elizabeth, NJ: anon, 1809. Folio, pen, ink and watercolor on laid paper, 10.1” x 16.6”. Fine. Item #100245
The anonymous surveyor has recorded a splendidly charming view of post war reconstruction in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Survey depicts a truncated tract of land lying between ‘E. Town Creek” [Elizabeth River] and a road simply noted as “Course of the Road S. 2 Deg E”. Mr. De Hart’s Store, adjacent to the road, and John C. Hatfield’s Store, at the water’s edge, are drawn in perspective. The tract is bisected river to road by a division line in yellow denoted “Division Line between Mr. De Hart and Mr. Hatfield”, oddly indicating Hatfield’s store and one half of his proposed dock lay on De Hart’s land. Survey markers include a “Circlar Pole” and a spring.
A simple yet attractive compass rose establishes compass direction.
Hatfield’s proposed dock from north end to south end indicates a length of 2.1 chains which equates to about 140 feet. The dock’s projected length suggests John C. Hatfield was experiencing or anticipating a sizable amount of river traffic.
Quite charming and attractive.