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Guide to the Anthony Imbert Lithographs
1825–circa 1835, undated
 PR-225

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Jenny Gotwals (2003); migrated to ArchivesSpace by Joseph Ditta (2020)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 01, 2020
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Imbert, Anthony, 1794 or 1795-1834
Title: Anthony Imbert lithographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1825–circa 1835, undated
Abstract: Thirty-five prints by the French-American lithographer Anthony Imbert after drawings by the artists Alexander Jackson Davis, Dominico Canova, Gherlando Marsiglia, and Antonio Meucci. Along with views of locations in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and upstate New York, the collection includes a number of Manhattan scenes produced as plates for Cadwallader Colden's Memoir prepared at the request of the Common Council of New York, and presented to the mayor of the city, at the celebration of the completion of the New York Canals (New York: W. A. Davis, 1825), and for Davis's  Views of The Public Buildings in the City of New-York [1826–1828]. Also present are several portraits, and one of the earliest pieces of sheet music lithographed in New York.
Quantity: 1.24 Linear feet in 1 box and 1 drawer.
Language: The language used in the collection is English.
Call Phrase: PR-225

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Biographical / Historical

Lithographer Anthony Imbert (1794 or 1795–1834) was born in France and came to the United States in 1824 or 1825. Imbert immediately opened a lithographic firm, and very quickly became the premier lithographer in New York City. He printed images by artists such as Alexander Jackson Davis, Dominico Canova, Gherlando Marsiglia, and Antonio Meucci. Under the name "Imbert's Lithography," Imbert produced lithographed views of buildings in New York City, several views of Niagara Falls and New York State, portraits of eminent men, drawing books, and cartoons and caricatures.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains plates from Cadwallader Colden's Memoir prepared at the request of the Common Council of New York, and presented to the mayor of the city, at the celebration of the completion of the New York Canals (New York: W. A. Davis, 1825), a book which was published to celebrate the opening of the Erie Canal and was the first monumental book with lithographic plates. Several of these plates are views of local fire companies. Also included are many views of New York City buildings; some drawn by A. J. Davis in 1827–1828 and published as  Views of The Public Buildings in the City of New-York [1826–1828]. A broadside with an illustration of the American Hotel is also included. Views of buildings in Brooklyn and the Bronx are included, as are two lithographs of Niagara Falls. A piece of sheet music, one of the earliest to be lithographed in New York, is also part of the collection.

Arrangement

The collection is organized in nine categories:

  1. Plates from Cadwallader Colden, Memoir prepared at the request of the Common Council of New York, and presented to the mayor of the city, at the celebration of the completion of the New York Canals, 1825
  2. Plates from Views of The Public Buildings in the City of New-York, [1826–1828]
  3. Other views of Manhattan, undated
  4. Views of Brooklyn, undated
  5. Views of The Bronx, undated
  6. Views of New York State, 1829, circa 1835, undated
  7. Portraits, [1830–1831], undated
  8. Sheet music, [1823–1826]
  9. Miscellaneous, circa 1826, 1829–1835, undated

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Canova, Dominico, 1800-1868
  • Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892
  • Marsiglia, Gherlando, 1792-1850
  • Meucci, Antonio, 1808-1889

Document Type

  • Lithographs.
  • Sheet music.

Subject Organizations

  • Imbert's Lithographic Office
  • New York (N.Y.). Fire Department -- Pictorial works

Subject Topics

  • Lithography -- Printing -- Specimens

Subject Places

  • Bronx (New York, N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Pictorial works.
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Pictorial works
  • Erie Canal (N.Y.) -- Pictorial works.
  • New York (N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Pictorial works.
  • Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.) -- Pictorial works.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at printroom@nyhistory.org.

Use Restrictions

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 20 exposures of stable, unbound material per day. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit: https://www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions

Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: Anthony Imbert Lithographs, PR-225, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials

For the title page and other lithographs and architectural drawings from Views of The Public Buildings in the City of New-York [1826–1828], see the Alexander Jackson Davis Architectural Drawing Collection (PR-016). The New-York Historical Society's library holds multiple, complete copies of Cadwallader Colden's  Memoir prepared at the request of the Common Council of New York, and presented to the mayor of the city, at the celebration of the completion of the New York Canals (New York: W. A. Davis, 1825).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection is comprised of gifts from multiple donors.

Processing Information

Jenny Gotwals processed this collection in March 2003. Joseph Ditta migrated and expanded her WORD-document finding aid to ArchivesSpace in June 2020.

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Container List

1. Plates from Cadwallader Colden, Memoir prepared at the request of the Common Council of New York, and presented to the mayor of the city, at the celebration of the completion of the New York Canals (New York: W. A. Davis), 1825

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Plate 08: "Deep Cutting. Lockport," drawn by George Catlin
[1825]
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Plate 20: "Fire Department" [Washington #20], drawn by Dominico Canova
[1825]
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Plate 21: "Fire Department" [East River Co. 42], drawn by W. H. Tuthill
[1825]
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Plate 22: "Fire Department" [Fire Dept #15], drawn by W. P. Morgan
[1825]
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Plate 27: "Grand Canal Celebration. No XXII. Hook and Ladder Company," drawn by Dominico Canova
[1825]

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2. Plates from Views of The Public Buildings in the City of New-York, [1826–1828]

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 2 "New York Theatre," drawn by A. J. Davis
[1826–1828]
Box: 1 Folder : 2 "Castle Garden, N. York," drawn by A. J. Davis (hand colored)
[1826–1828]
Drawer: 1 Folder : Oversize-1 "Phenix Bank," drawn by A. J. Davis
[1826–1828]
Drawer: 1 Folder : Oversize-1 "Merchants Exchange," drawn by A. J. Davis (2 copies)
[1826–1828]
Drawer: 1 Folder : Oversize-1 "Masonic Hall" [Broadway, 314–316], drawn by A. J. Davis
[1826–1828]
Drawer: 1 Folder : Oversize-2 "Second Congregational Church, N. Y.," drawn by A. J. Davis
[1826–1828]
Drawer: 1 Folder : Oversize-2 "Branch Bank of U. S." [Wall Street, 30–32], drawn by A. J. Davis
[1826–1828]
Drawer: 1 Folder : Oversize-3 "St. Thomas Church, Broadway," drawn by A. J. Davis
[1826–1828]
Drawer: 1 Folder : Oversize-3 "Lafayette Theater," drawn by A. J. Davis
[1826–1828]

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3. Other views of Manhattan, undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 3 "American Hotel," [Broadway, 229]
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 "United States Hotel" [Pearl Street, 178–180]
undated
Drawer: 1 Folder : Oversize-4 [City Hall Park, design for improving the old Alms House Park], drawn by J. M. Roberts
undated

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4. Views of Brooklyn, undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 4 "View of Erasmus Hall Academy Flatbush L.I."
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 "Brooklyn Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies. Opposite N. York," drawn by J. M. Roberts (2 copies; 1 hand colored)
undated

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5. Views of The Bronx, undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 5 "The Doric Mansion, on Throgs Neck," drawn by A. J. Davis (2 copies)
undated

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6. Views of New York State, 1829, circa 1835, undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 6 "Catskill Falls," drawn after his own design by Gherlando Marsiglia
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 "Entrance to the Highlands," lithographed for the Rural Repository
1829
Drawer: 1 Folder : Oversize-5 "Niagara Falls. Part of the American Fall from the foot of the staircase," drawn by Gherlando Marsiglia after the Bennett-Hill aquatint (hand colored)
circa 1835
Drawer: 1 Folder : Oversize-5 "Niagara Falls. Part of the British Fall, taken from under the Table Rock," drawn by Gherlando Marsiglia after the Bennett-Hill aquatint
circa 1835

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7. Portraits, [1830–1831], undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 7 "John Augustine Smith," drawn by Dominico Canova
[1830–1831]
Box: 1 Folder : 7 "The Blind mat man of New York," drawn by Antonio Meucci
undated
Drawer: 1 Folder : Oversize-6 [Mr. John Roulstone at the New York Riding School]
undated

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8. Sheet music, [1823–1826]

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 8 "Constantinople; Musique Turque for the Pianoforte," sheet music with image drawn by Dominico Canova
[1823–1826]

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9. Miscellaneous, circa 1826, 1829–1835, undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 9 "Magnanimity of the Elephant, Displayed in the Preservation of his Keeper in the Bowery Menageries in New York in Dec. 1826," drawn by A. Meucci after his own design
[circa 1826]
Box: 1 Folder : 9 "Monument to John Paulding," on verso of above
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 9 [Untitled. A man on a country lane with "Half Way" signpost] drawn by E. Rousseau
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 9 [Four vignettes]
circa 1829–1835

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