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Lot 348: (NEW YORK CITY.) [Will, John M. August, after.] Proposed Arcade Railway. Under Broadway, View Near Wall Street.

MAPS & ATLASES; NATURAL HISTORY; PLATE BOOKS

by Swann Auction Galleries

December 8, 2016

New York, NY, USA

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Description: (NEW YORK CITY.) [Will, John M. August, after.] Proposed Arcade Railway. Under Broadway, View Near Wall Street. Color-printed lithograph, with hand-finishings. 21 1/2x28 inches sheet size; light toning and surface soiling, few small marginal tears repaired on verso, small chip lower margin. Deak 828. New York: Ferd. Mayer & Sons, circa 1870

Notes: A beautifully composed scene depicting a planned underground railway designed to alleviate the congestion of lower Broadway, already becoming problematic in the late 19th century. Construction for the project was authorized in April 1870, however it was vetoed by Governor John Thompson Hoffman and production continued to be shelved throughout the 1880''s. This is a fascinating view of an unbuilt predecessor to New York''s modern day subway system. A scarce print, this being only the second to appear at auction in recent record.

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