Aquatint, Baltimore East View

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Reproduction of aquatint, printed in colors with hand coloring.

Entire print measures approximately 10" x 12"; image only measures approximately 9" x 7"

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V4 East View of Baltimore, Maryland, drawn by G. Beck, Philadelphia. Engraved by T. Cartwright, London. Published January 1st. 1802. By Atkins & Nightingale... Aquatint, printed in colors with hand coloring. 41.7x57.6 cm. MdBE (wove paper, water-marked J. Whatman), MdBPM, MdHi (mountaed on cardboard), VBHo.

The earliest known contemporary printed view of Baltimore, shown here, was engraved by T. Cartwright after the painting by George Beck, an English landscapist who was a Baltimore resident in 1796-97. The location from which the view was taken is not known, but it may have been a high spot in what is now Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Frederick Avenue. The stream at the lower left is Gwynns Falls. The harbor with the surrounding town is to the left of the tree. Whetstone Point (now Locust) is the neck of land to the right of the tree, jutting between the basin and the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River. This view was copied in a small engraving (13.8x19.4 cm.) by G. Cooke, published in London in 1812 possibly as a book illustration. Impressions are in MdBE, MdBPM, MdHi, and VBHo.

Pleasants, Anglo-American Landscape Painters, pp. 13, 14, 29, 30; Stokes and Haskell, Historical Prints, pp. 47-48.

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