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City Hall, New York

View:    City Hall

Plate 10” in dark blue with a border of repetitive rose and leaf medallions. In the center of the plate is New York’s City Hall. The building is Renaissance in style, three stories high with a central portico and columns. The dome has pairs of Corinthian pilasters around it. There are two feathery-leaved trees framing the building on the left and trees with bushes in front of the building on the right. A family of a man, woman and child is in the foreground.

Potter: John & William Ridgway, 1814-1830 (Cauldon Place) Hanley
Date: ca. 1825
Artist: Charles Augustin Busby, (1786-1834) Illustrator; William Hooker,  (1782-1856) Engraver
Marks: (Reverse) Printed on back of plate in blue cartouche: (above) BEAUTIES OF AMERICA (within cartouche) CITY HALL / NEW YORK (below cartouche) J & W RIDGWAY
View Source: Engraved by William Hooker after a drawing by Charles Augustin Busby and published in Blunt’s Stranger’s Guide to the City of New-York.: Comprising a Description of Public Buildings, Dwelling Houses, including Population, Streets, Markets…New-York: Printed for, and published by Edmund M. Blunt, at the Quadrant, 1817. Engraving marked “C.A. Busby delt. W. Hooker, Sculps. “ Inserted between pages 44 and 45. (AAS: Dated Books Collection).
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