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W.J. Condit/ C. Milbourne. "The Government House." New York: H.R. Robinson, 1847. Second stone. Chromolithograph. Printed in color by Wm. Ells. 14 3/4 x 21 1/4. Old mat burn in margins not affecting image. Otherwise, very good condition. Bright. Ref: Stokes, The Iconography of Manhattan Island, plate 66.
> An interesting historical view of the "Government House" as it looked in 1797, issued in the mid-nineteenth century. The image (and the original watercolor) has the signature of C. Milbourne, "Delin Et Excu'd," that is drawn and executed by C. Milbourne. However, the credit for the image says it is "From the original drawing by W.J. Condit." This seems to indicate either that Milbourne painted the image after a drawing by Condit, or Condit drew the lithograph after Milbourne's watercolor.
The Government House was built in 1790, designed to be George Washington's house when New York was the Capital. However, the Capital was moved to Philadelphia in 1790, so the house became the New York Governor's house, and was occupied by both George Clinton and John Jay. In 1799, the building became the Custom House, lasting until 1815 when it was torn down. The building stood on Broadway facing Bowling Green, the latter of which can be seen at left. The original watercolor was drawn on the spot, so despite being issued a half century later, this print gives us an excellent image of New York City at the end of the eighteenth century. $900
[Central Park, New York] Ca. 1860. 17 3/4 x 24 1/4. Lithograph with bright hand color. Black margins. Very good condition.
A sentimental Victorian scene in Central Park, similar to those by an apparent contemporary of Currier and Ives. Handsome and colorful. $525
John Bachmann. "Panorama of New York and Vicinity." New York: J. Bachmann, 1866. 22 1/4 x 35 3/4 (image) plus margins. Chromolithograph by J. Bien. Scattered faint stains in sky and elsewhere in image. Expertly repaired tear left hand margin just touching image. With pencil notation "1866" above title. Print has been professionally conserved. Else, very good condition. State II of II. Reps: 2697.
A fascinating view of Manhattan with Hoboken in the foreground looking south towards New York Harbor. Besides being a lovely and detailed view of the New York metropolitan area this print is well known for depicting two different types of baseball games that were played at the Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey.
During the mid nineteenth century the game was played two different ways depending on the region of the United States: The Massachusetts Game and the New York Game. The Massachusetts Game, which evolved from cricket and town ball, can be seen in this print on the far left where the batter is standing between two bases. This style of play was never adopted in the New York area. To the right, separated by a house, another game is being played according to the rules of the New York Game. One of the most important rules of the New York Game was a playing field with boundaries, whereas the Massachusetts Game did not have any. The New York baseball team, The Knickerbockers, adopted this rule as they were constrained in the size of their playing field due to the close proximity of the Hudson River. The New York game necessitated that a ball hit outside the boundaries be declared a foul ball. Over time, the New York Game became the game we know today. Unfortunately, these baseball fields no longer exist, as industry and rail took over The Elysian Fields in the last decade of the nineteenth century. Overall, this print provides not only a wonderful view of the vicinity of New York just after the Civil War, but also the early history of our "National Pastime." $12,500
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