Addenda and Corrigendum
A Panorama of Pittsburgh: Nineteenth-Century Printed Views, by Christopher W. Lane, is the catalogue for the excellent exhibit at the Frick Art & Historical Center (June 28 to October 5, 2008). It includes color illustrations of more than 130 exhibition images and a thematic essay putting those printed views into the context of the history of Pittsburgh and of American nineteenth-century prints. However, this work was conceived as more than simply an exhibition catalogue, and so it includes comprehensive information on all nineteenth-century Pittsburgh views and viewmakers.
Included in the book are:
It is, of course, practically impossible for any list to be completely comprehensive, and so it is inevitable that nineteenth-century printed views of Pittsburgh not listed in Panorama of Pittsburgh will turn up. Indeed, it was one of the intended results of the Frick's exhibit and catalogue to help bring previously unknown views of Pittsburgh to the light of day.
- A listing of nineteenth-century Pittsburgh printmakers assembled from period sources
- Detailed information on the most important nineteenth-century Pittsburgh lithographers
- A comprehensive listing of every known nineteenth-century printed view of PIttsburgh*
As Panorama of Pittsburgh was conceived as a long-term scholarly source on the topic, we will maintain this reference site in order to note any discovered errors and to document any prints not included in the book's listing. We request that anyone who has a nineteenth-century printed view of Pittsburgh not listed in Panorama of PIttsburgh to send to us information on that print. Please send your information to email@example.com. Please do not send any digital images until you have first contacted us.
- This page is a reference page only; this is not a listing of prints for sale by The Philadelphia Print Shop. For a listing of prints of Pittsburgh for sale, please visit our views of Pittsburgh page.
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- *The listing of printed views of Pittsburgh in Panorama of Pittsburgh includes separately issued prints, book and magazine illustrations, newspaper prints, illustrated invoices, illustrated lettersheets, and broadside advertisements. It does not include maps nor views on trade cards, currency, and advertisements from books and directories.
- Prints listed below have been numbered in bold based on the listing of prints in Panorama of Pittsburgh.
- [38a] "The Ruins of St. Paul's" From Pittsburgh Morning Chronicle. Pittsburgh, May 8, 1851. Wood engraving by Neville Johnson.
A mere two days after the fire, a print showing the ruins of the church appeared in a the Pittsburgh Morning Chronicle. The preceding day, the paper had announced "tomorrow morning we shall present our readers with an engraving representing the ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral. It is being executed by Mr. Johnson, who will give it most accurately." The image does not nearly so much emphasize the elevated position of the church as the June 14th illustration in Gleason's Pictorial Drawing Room Companion  and may indeed be more accurate.
- Prints from Our Whole Country. Cincinnati: Henry Howe, 1861. Wood engravings.
- [102a] "Western view of Pittsburg, from Allegheny Hights [sic]." 3 1/4 x 4.
- [102b] "Situation of Pittsburg and Allegheny." 1 5/8 x 4.
A pair of small engravings from an uncommon travel book issued during the Civil War and "illustrated by Six Hundred Engravings"..."being on their part the result of over 16,000 miles of travel and four years of labor." I have not found a printed image that could be the source for the first view, so this could indeed be an original drawing for the book. The second view is really an outline image of Pittsburgh as seen from Mt. Washington. I cannot find an exact source of the image, so it could have been an original sketch, but it is quite similar to the 1860 Armor image of Pittsburgh which was used for Wm. Schuchman's trade card (Panorama Cat. 90).
- [208a] Fred B. Schell. "View of Pittsburgh, Looking Up The Ohio." From William H. Egle's An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Harrisburg: De Witt C. Goodrich & Co., 1876. Wood engraving. 4 7/8 x 7 3/8.
This is a variant of Egle's reuse  of Schell's 1875 view , with a different title.
-  St. Paul's Cathedral was consecrated June 24, 1855, not in 1853 as stated in the entry for print 46. A Mass was held in the basement of the cathedral, however, on Christmas 1852 (construction still going on upstairs), so print  may have been printed about that time.
- [269a] The building for St. Peter's Church shown in this print was begun in 1873 and it was consecrated on November 15, 1874. It is likely that this print was issued around this second date. The inset of St. Peter's School is in the top right corner, not top left corner as noted in Panorama.
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