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Guide to the William James Bennett Print Collection
[1826]-1844
  PR 220

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 01, 2011
Description is in English.

Container List

Series II: Views outside New York City

Scope and Contents note

Series II. includes the remaining nine prints from Bennett's folio views. These are mainly city views, including prints showing Detroit, Charlestown, Baltimore, West Point, Richmond, Buffalo, Mobile, and New Orleans. It also includes three different views of Niagara Falls and one print of the Trenton Falls near Utica, New York. The cities included here are notable as a group for their close proximity to and dependence on water. Many of these views use an elevated perspective to look down on the city shown, often from across a body of water or atop a topographical feature.

This series also includes all seven illustrations of the Croton Aqueduct, plates which were engraved by Bennett after Fayette B. Tower's drawings. These prints, as well as other views by different engravers, were published in Tower's Illustrations of the Croton Aqueduct (New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1843).

Prints are listed chronologically by date painted or engraved, and are black and white aquatints unless otherwise noted.

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 10 "Niagara Falls. View of the American Fall, Taken from Goat Island," after Bennett's own design, published by Henry J. Megarey, New York, 1830.

General note

Two copies, one colored.

1829
Folder: 11 "Niagara Falls. View of the British Fall, Taken from Goat Island," after Bennett's own design, published by Henry J. Megarey, New York, 1830.

General note

Two copies, one colored. The uncolored copy is a later state, published by Joseph Lord.

1829
Folder: 12 "Niagara Falls, from the Table Rock," after Bennett's own design, published by Bennett, New York, 1840.
1829
Folder: 13 "West Point, from Phillipstown," after Bennett's own design, colored by John Hill (1770-1850), published by Parker & Clover, New York, ca. 1831-1833.

General note

Three copies of fourth state, one colored.

1830
Folder: 14 "Baltimore from Federal Hill," after Bennett's own design, published by Henry J. Megarey, New York, 1831.

General note

Colored

1830
Folder: 15 "West Point, from above Washington Valley, looking down the River," after George Cooke (1793-1849), published by Lewis P. Clover, New York, 1834.

General note

Third state, colored

1832-1833
Folder: 16 "City of Richmond, Virginia. From the Hill above the Waterworks," after George Cooke (1793-1849), published by Lewis P. Clover, New York, 1834.

General note

Second (or later) state, colored

[1833]
Folder: 17 "View of the High Falls of Trenton, West Canada Creek, NY," after Bennett's own design, published by Lewis P. Clover, New York, 1835.

General note

Colored

[1834]
Folder: 18 "Buffalo, from Lake Erie," after a sketch by John William Hill (1812-1879), published by Henry J. Megarey, New York, 1836.
[1835]
Folder: 19 "City of Detroit, Michigan. Taken from the Canada Shore near the Ferry," after a sketch by Frederick Grain (fl. 1833-1857), published by Henry J. Megarey, New York, 1837.

General note

Colored

1836
Folder: 20 "City of Charleston S. Carolina looking across Cooper's River," after George Cook (1793-1849), published by Lewis P. Clover, New York, 1838.

General note

Colored

1836
Folder: 21 "Troy, New York," after a painting by Bennett, published by Henry J. Megarey, New York, 1838.

General note

Proof before letters

1837
Folder: 22 "U.S. Ship of the Line Pennsylvania in a Gale," after James Fulton Pringle.

General note

Proof before letters

1839
Folder: 23 "New Orleans, Taken from the opposite side a short distance above the middle or Picayune Ferry," after a sketch by Anthony Mondelli (fl. 1821-1856), published by Henry J. Megarey, New York, 1841.

General note

Colored

1841
Folder: 24 "Mobile, taken from the marsh opposite the city near Pinto's Residence," after a sketch by William Todd, published by Henry J. Megarey, New York, 1842.

General note

Colored

[1841]

Plates after F. B. Tower, from Illustrations of the Croton Aqueduct, 1843.

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 25 Plate IX. "View Above the Croton Dam"
Folder: 25 Plate XII. "Croton Aqueduct at Sing Sing"
Folder: 25 Plate XIV. Aqueduct Bridge for Roadway"

General note

Two copies

Folder: 25 Plate XV. "Croton Aqueduct, at Mill River"
Folder: 25 Plate XVI. "Croton Aqueduct at Jewells Brook"
Folder: 25 Plate XVIII. "Croton Aqueduct at Yonkers"
Folder: 25 Plate XX. "View of the Jet at Harlem River"
Folder: 25 Plate XXI. "Croton Aqueduct at Clendinning Valley"

General note

Two copies

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