antique prints, maps and watercolors

(University of Pennsylvania) Paris: Firmin Didot Freres, 1837. $325.00

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"Universite de Philadelphie"

This engraving shows the second campus of the University of Pennsylvania at Ninth and Chestnut Streets. The campus was located here between 1801 and 1829. The great mansion had originally been intended to be the residence of the president of the United States when Philadelphia was to be the capital of the country. This executive mansion was built in the 1790's. The magnificent building was demolished after the university vacated it.

A delicately engraved and beautifully colored steel engraving from a French series of views engraved by Travernier that contained some wonderful Philadelphia scenes. Jean B.G. Roux de Rochelle published the work entitled Etat-Unis d'Amerique in 1837. The images were so popular that the plates were reissued in a number of European language editions. 

Hand colored steel engraving.
Framed to museum specifications with silk covered mat.
11 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches, overall.
Excellent condition.