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Spectacular 1864 City View of Hartford By John Bachmann

This lithograph of the "City of Hartford, Conn." was published by J. Weidenmann, Hartford, Conn. and printed by F. Heppenheimer of New York. It is by the premier city view artist and lithographer of the mid 1800s, John Bachmann and it is in simply wonderful condition. It is in significantly better condition than the one copy held by the Connecticut Historical Society and we know of none that are of better quality. Looking at this print you can understand why Mark Twain who moved to Hartford in 1872, eight years after this lithograph was published, described it as the most beautiful city in America. The captures the beauty and vitality of the city with trains traveling to Union Station, an active wharf area on the Connecticut River and the Park River meandering through the city and Bushnell Park.

The print captures a birds-eye view of Hartford looking east to the Connecticut River. The Park River begins in the bottom right corner and winds through the city, bordering Bushnell Park with two fountains and intersecting paths. The Weed Sewing Machine Co. factory is located in the foreground next to a bridge. A 1976 publication "Yesterday's Connecticut" states this is the Sharp's Rifle Manufacturing Company, which made Union rifles during the Civil War. Pratt & Whitney Mfg. Co. is above and to the left, along the train tracks. Trinity College is located to the right of the bottom half of Bushnell Park, surrounded by trees. That site is now occupied by the State Capitol. The two streets running from the bottom left corner are Asylum Avenue on the left and Farmington Avenue on the right. The railroad tracks leading to Union Station belong to the Hartford & New Haven Railroad and the Hartford, Providence, & Fishkill Railroad. The factory of Colt Patent Fire Arms Mfg. Co. is in the right background. To the left of Asylum Avenue is the Waterworks Reservoir, an elevated pool-like area along Garden Street. This reservoir is described in the 1976 publication as "cut-off pyramid" and identified as the "Lord's Hill Reservoir." Just below and to the right of the reservoir is the American Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb. The church on the left side of Asylum Avenue near the bottom left corner is the Asylum Hill Congregation Church. A covered bridge crosses the crosses the Connecticut River to East Hartford. Steamboats and sailing vessels are on the river. Main Street parallel to the rive is lined by a series of church steeples and the Old State House.

The detail below shows the Sharp Rife Manufacturing Company at bottom right and at top the reservoir, Union Station and Bushnell Park.

Below is the print as matted and framed. The print itself is 16 3/4 x 22 3/4" (not including title) and the frame is 28 x 33"

You may take the original 1864 print as matted and framed above or we can remove it from the frame and ship it flat or in a secure tube.

Price: $10,000

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Because of the high cost of this superb lithograph which is out of reach for most people, we have made a small number of wonderful high quality Glice prints on fine art paper which have been matted. This rare lithograph is not in the extensive Library of Congress set of city views that has be digitized and is not available from the usual panoramic and city view print reproduction sources. Below are pictures of how the print looks matted and framed. The print itself is about the same size as the original.

Below is a closer view of the reproduced print.

Price: $250

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