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Map, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pictorial, University of Pennsylvania, Vintage Print, 1933
Jacob Riegel, Jr. (1889-1959) (after) University of Pennsylvania
Two tone Print
17.5 x 22.5 inches, image
21 x 24.75 inches, overall
Price on request
Pictorial map of the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, by a lifelong resident. The detailed map shows buildings, some in bird’s-eye view, some as facades, at their locations along the city streets. Throughout, small figures represent contemporary and historical campus figures. Sites are labeled with names within ribbon shapes, sometimes with captions explaining their history or current purpose. At top center founders Benjamin Franklin and Rev. Dr. William Smith flank the university seal. Vignette illustrations around the periphery of the map show important buildings and a scene of rowers in a scull in front of the boathouse. There are also humorous touches such as a caricature traffic cop with the caption “Tweak” as an approaching streetcar sounds “Ding! Ding!” and a young man leaning over a statue of Franklin with the caption, “Kiss the Toe Freshman!” Along the left and right edges the names and years of past university leaders from Franklin in 1740 to Gates in 1930 are inscribed on illustrations of open books. The entire map is surrounded by a double ruled border, and a decorative border along the top and bottom edge. It is printed in sepia brown with red accents. This is an exceedingly rare original printing of this map.
Jacob Riegel was a Philadelphia artist and cartographer known for his drawings of historic buildings, pictorial maps, and illustrations. He graduated from Princeton University in 1912. He worked for the architect Mantle Fielding, then joined the art department at the Ketterlinus and Company printing firm in Philadelphia.
Condition: Generally very good, recently professionally cleaned and backed on mulberry paper to restore a few short tears in lower left margin – some extending into image — and otherwise with light remaining toning and wear.