This is a very rare American print dating to 1904.
It shows a bird's eye view of Fifth Avenue from 42nd Street, Looking North.
There is a pair of corresponding images - one looking south and the other looking north.
Both are for sale in my Iconic Edinburgh Online shop.
The image was taken from an older photograph taken by John Bachmann in 1879 and was made into large chromolithographs prints by the New York lithographer and printer, Robert A Welcke.
John Bachmann was a German immigrant to the United States. He was an artist and lithographer, and was credited with coining the term bird’s-eye view, and was a prolific and prominent creator of such views.
His first such panoramas were of Civil War battle areas in 1861.
These original prints of 5th Avenue were published in 1904 and were published by Max Williams of New York in 1904. They were also copyrighted by him. Max Williams was a prolific New York City publisher, active at the turn of the century. He is generally known for republishing earlier works, including many famous ones from the original lithographic stones of Currier & Ives.
My two images are very rare works and these early original prints of New York are now highly sought after art works.
Both my New York prints are large items and the images are 15 x 20 inches.
All these details are on the printed credit lines below the image.
They are certainly the most splendid of images and will be sought after by both print collectors and collectors of memorabilia relating to the history of New York City.
This view to the North shows the spire of the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas rising a few blocks away at 48th Street.
The church was constructed in 1872 when Fifth Avenue south of Central Park was home to many of New York’s most prominent families. The brownstone church was demolished in 1952.
Other notable structures along Fifth Avenue include the Moorish style synagogue of the original Temple Emanu-El in the right foreground and the unfinished St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the distance on the right.
My print is a GENUINE chromolithograph and not a modern mechanical reproduction. It is printed of thick white matt paper and is in generally good condition. Please ask for a full condition report.
The print is being sold unframed and this will allow me to post it internationally.