antique prints, maps and watercolors

Our Fair City*

Since it was founded in 1682, Philadelphia has been depicted in many wonderful antique maps and prints. This month we are focusing on this part of our inventory for two reasons. The first is that we are excited to have just purchased an exceptionally rare lithograph depicting one of the most beloved views of the city – the Fairmount Waterworks and Boat House Row. The second is that all eyes will be upon Philadelphia when the Democratic National Convention opens on July 25th. It will be the 14th political convention held in the city. Many of the city’s cultural institutions will be presenting special exhibitions including the Union League‘s Heritage Center and The Philadelphia History Museum both pictured in antique prints here. We hope that you will share our appreciation of works showing how the city has continued to grow based upon William Penn’s original plan and to marvel at how many historic 18th and 19th century buildings remain today.

We guarantee the authenticity of everything we sell. Your purchase includes detailed descriptions of each piece, we can help you to choose the perfect frame at the right price, deliver your purchases and offer free consultation on placement in your home or office.

Hollie Powers Holt
Denise DeLaurentis

*Reference to Car Talk is completely intentional. 

 
The Fairmount Water Works and Boat House Row in the mid 19th century

 
The Centennial Regatta on the Schuylkill

 
AB Frost's view of Sculling on the Schuylkill River

 
The Union League will be one of the convention sites

 
An iconic image of Penn's Treaty with the Indians

 
Meyer's 1860 map of Philadelphia

 
The first home of the Franklin Institute, now The Philadelphia History Museum

Recent Acquisitions

Fine Antique Prints offers for sale fine, decorative, affordable, original antique prints and maps. Our collection includes botanicals of the 17th through early 20th centuries including Besler, Sweert, De Passe, Ferrari, Weinmann, Brookshaw, Redoute, Thornton and Curtis, bird prints including Audubon, Catesby, Gould, Nozeman, Edwards, and Martinet, and other natural history such as shells, butterflies, fish, etc. Architectural prints, garden plans, and college views are popular specialities. Our maps depict places around the world and as well as those closer to our galleries in the Philadelphia area. Our landscape and city views include vacation destinations such as Nantucket, Cape Cod, Maine, the Adirondacks, the Catskills, the American West and scenes from around the world. Most are inexpensive reminders of favorite places and make excellent gifts. We have a large selection of antique prints of Native Americans including Bodmer, Catlin, McKenney and Hall and Curtis. Please visit our site often as we are expanding our offerings and remember, fine things never go out of style.

Contact us or call 610-687-2552 with specific inquires or to talk about what we might have of interest.
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