antique prints, maps and watercolors

(University of Virginia) de Rochelle. L’Univers, ou Histoire …Etat’s Unis… Paris, 1837. SOLD

"Universite de Virginie"

A fine small engraved view from L’ Univers, ou Histoire et Description de Tous les peuples de Leurs Religions, Moeurs, Coutumes, Etats-Unis d’Amerique. It depicts the grassy terraced area of The University of Virginia, called then and now “The Lawn”, that was designed by Thomas Jefferson to be the center of the campus. Jefferson was the architect of the buildings that run along either side and of the Rotunda that occupies one end. The buildings show his mastery of the Palladian and Neoclassical styles of architecture.

Early antique prints of the university are difficult to find. This one, while small, contains many details of the structure, the space and even the clothing of the people shown strolling The Lawn.

Steel engraving.
5 x 8 inches, sheet.
Excellent condition.