antique prints, maps and watercolors

(Chicago Ice Skating Rink) Harpers Weekly, New York February 1866. $165.00

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"The Great Skating 'Rink' at Chicago"

In the nineteenth century, before photography became commonplace, newspapers, guidebooks, and periodicals were illustrated with wood engravings. Many of the best artists and engravers of the day earned their bread and butter creating wood engravings for Harper’s Weekly. They produced beautiful views that are technically superb original nineteenth century prints, invaluable for the historical information they provide. The original prints provide glimpses into the daily life of the period. Wonderful Victorian skating image.

Hand colored wood engraving.
11 x 15 3/4 inches sheet.
Very good condition.