Lot 345: (NEW YORK CITY.) Billing, Frederick William. [Panoramic view of New York City from New Jersey.]

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December 8, 2016, 1:30 PM EST
New York, NY, US
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Description: (NEW YORK CITY.) Billing, Frederick William. [Panoramic view of New York City from New Jersey.] Very fine large graphite drawing of Manhattan across the Hudson River on wove paper signed and dated lower right "F.W. Billing, 1856." 19 1/4x48 1/2 inches sheet size, 13 3/4x45 1/4 inches image size; lightly toned, two areas of marginal dampstain not affecting image, two small marginal tears closed on verso, an unobtrusive small repair in the area of the right sky; accompanied by a handsome period black and gilt frame. New York, 1856
Notes: A truly spectacular panorama of Manhattan drawn from life in 1856 by noted German-born landscape artist Frederick William Billing (1835-1914), who settled in Brooklyn in that same year. The large view looks across and down the Hudson River from New Jersey as figures stand about the cliffs of the Palisades and Hoboken farmland in the foreground. Scant beginnings of Jersey City and Paulus Hook are seen in the lower right as the view fades into the distant Narrows. Recognizable landmarks appear on the New York side such as the Crystal Palace, Trinity Church and Castle Williams on Governors Island. A remarkable, skillfully rendered and completely original mid-nineteenth century view of New York City.
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