19th Century Prints, Aquatint, Drawing, Early 20th Century, Engraving, Past/Present, Prints

Past/Present: View of Washington

Today we have a new P/P post, featuring two prints of Washington, DC. The older print is an engraving by W. J. Bennett. This is one of the great views of the Nation’s Capital.  Washington is shown from the south bank of the Anacostia River.  On the right is the Washington Navy Yard, est. 1799, behind is the original Capitol Building, and to the left is the White House. The painter of this view is George Cooke. He and the engraver, William Bennett, teamed up to produce four folio-size views of American cities.

The later view was drawn by Vernon Howe Bailey, a famous illustrator working in the first part of the 20th century. The piece offers a similar view of Washington, composed of fleeting brushstrokes and delicate line work. It was used as an illustration for an article or story, although we do not know where. In the lower margin reads the inscription “Heading or Tail Piece.”

Image on Left: City of Washington : From beyond the Navy Yard. By George Cooke. Published by Lewis P. Clover, 180 Fulton St. N.Y. Engraved by W. J. Bennett.  Aquatint engraving, 1834.

Image on Right: Washington from across Potomac River. By Vernon Howe Bailey. Pencil and wash drawing, c. 1930.






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