Many Europeans visited the United States in the early decades of the nineteenth century. One of the most prominent was Jacques-Gerard Milbert, who came to the United States on a scientific fact finding mission in 1815, staying until 1822. Interested in the topography of the United States, as well as its natural and social history, Milbert made drawings of most of the places he visited. This resulted, upon his return to Paris, in the publication of the Itinéraire Pittoresque, comprising 53 prints of the United States. These views form one of the most comprehensive and accurate depictions of the northeast in the period. They are also important early examples of the use of the relatively new medium of lithography for topographical prints.
Besides his Itinéraire Pittoresque, Milbert also produced a number of other series of views of America, including a set of images titled Amérique Septentrionale. This image is from that set and it shows up upper regions of the Mohawk River in New York State. It is typical of Milbert's excellent artistic ability and provides a wonderful image of this important region shortly after the opening of the Erie Canal. Slightly larger and much rarer than the Itinéraire prints, this is a most desirable American print.
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