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View, New York City, Long Island, Saint-Memin, Antique Print, 1920s
Charles B.J.F. de Saint-Mémin (1770-1852) (artist and engraver) View of New York City Taken from Long Island
New York: 1920s (restrike from 1796 copperplate)
14 x 19.75 inches, plate mark
16 x 21 inches, overall
Famous Federal-period view of New York harbor, originally issued in 1796. This example was restruck in the 1920s in a limited edition of 25. The copperplate is today in the collection of the New York Historical Society. The scholar Gloria Gilda Deák observes that Saint-Mémin was best known for his miniatures, and brought his precise technique to this print: “Though the buildings are drawn to a minute scale and appear at first like a dense mass of delicate lines, most of them are readily identifiable with a magnifying glass.”
Saint-Mémin was a French-born engraver, painter and museum director, who came to New York in 1793 as a refugee from the French Revolution and pursued an artistic career in the United States. He specialized in engraved profile portraits, over 800 of which are in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual light toning, soiling, wear, soft creases. Wide margins, nice color.
Deák, Gloria Gilda. Picturing America. Princeton University Press: 1989. 215.
Denker, Eric. “The Department of Prints and Drawings at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.” Maryland Printmaker. 2001, http://www.norsecode.com/mdpm/archive/01mar/art4.htm
“Saint-Mémin.” Grove Dictionary of Art. Macmillan: 2000. Online at Artnet.com.http://www.artnet.com/library/07/0751/T075142.asp