This is a very rare American print dating to 1904.
It shows a bird's eye view of Fifth Avenue from 42nd Street, Looking South.
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 south shows the Croton Reservoir. This was part of the city's first water system. This magnificent reservoir was demolished in 1911 and the cleared site was the location of the main branch of the New York Public Library. In the distance, we can see the 250-foot high spire of the Brick Church located on 37th Street.
The image shows the fine houses built on the grand streets at 5th Avenue at the end of the 19th century. The city's elite settled here between 23rd and 34th Street by the late 1860s.
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.