antique prints, maps and watercolors

Opening Ceremonies... Frank Leslie, 1876. $195.00

"Opening Ceremonies in the Main Building - The Presential Party Being Introduced to the Foreigh Commisiioners"

In the nineteenth century, before photography became commonplace, newspapers, guidebooks, and periodicals were illustrated with wood engravings. Many of the best artists of the day earned their bread and butter in this manner. They produced beautiful images that are technically superb original nineteenth century prints, invaluable for the historical information they provide. Their prints provide glimpses into the daily life of the period and a great deal of information concerning the architectural detail of specific locations and individual buildings. A nice double page image including members of The First City Troop and attendees in their native traditional dress. The Historical Register of the Centennial Exposition recorded every aspect of the construction of the buildings and the fairgrounds, the exhibits, the activities and the millions of people who attended the fair.

16 x 22 inches, sheet.
Good condition save short repaired tear without loss of surface.                                       
Hand colored wood engraving.

Please see 19th Century Wood Engraved Views for other Centennial images.