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Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Lovely 19th century View of Wall Street, New York

Augustus Kollner
From the Lithography firm of Deroy & Cattier
Courtesy of McKay & Co.
View of Wall Street, New York, 1847
Lithograph with original hand color 
14 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches
Framed: 24 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches

Augustus Kollner was born in Germany in 1813, and at the age of 16 began to study painting and lithography in Dusseldorf and Frankfurt.  In 1839, he emigrated from Germany to the United States, settling in Philadelphia, where he became a famed lithographer, engraver, and watercolor landscape painter.  In Philadelphia, Kollner produced children’s books, maps, and Civil War sketches.
In the late 1840s, Kollner began to travel all over the United States, making watercolor paintings of American scenes.  He is best known for the 54 views he painted of American cities, which were lithographed and published by Goupil, Vibert, and Company in Paris between 1845 and 1851. The printing for these views, by Deroy and Cattier, was done in Paris, as well. These lithographs, such as the present example, are known for their high printing quality and delicate hand coloring.

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