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Hudson River Port Folio. 1820.
Twenty views of the Hudson River painted
by Irish watercolorist William Guy Wall were published as
aquatints by Henry Megary in New York in the early 1820s.
John Hill was the principal engraver. These colorful views
were some of the earliest images of the Hudson River to
be presented as art and were widely popular.
pittoresque du fleuve Hudson et des parties latérales
de l'Amérique du Nord. 1828.
French artist Jacques Milbert toured the Hudson River region
in the 1820's and compiled a series of colored drawings of
views he encountered on his trip. Upon his return to Paris,
an account of his travels illustrated with lithographs of
the views introduced the beauties of the Hudson River to the
European public. Thirty of the fifty-four views depicting
the region are included here.
Scenery; or, Land, Lake, and River Illustrations of Transatlantic
William Henry Bartlett, an English watercolorist, first traveled
to North America in 1836 and began producing colored drawings
of views popular American and European travelers. American
Scenery, a two-volume compendium of 118 steel engravings of
these views, was published simultaneously in London and New
York with descriptions by Romantic novelist N.P. Willis. Forty-seven
views of the Hudson River region are included here. (See also
from The Hudson, From The Wilderness to the Sea. 1866.
The region's most important 19th-century chronicler, Benson
J. Lossing traveled the length of the Hudson recording its
historical events and sketching its natural and cultural landmarks.
The more notable landscape views illustrating his text are
included here. (See additional selections from Lossing in
America; or, The Land We Live In. 1874.
Poet and publisher William Cullen Bryant edited this two-volume
work about the United States, which included essays by writers
well-known in their regions, each illustrated by engravings
of prominent views. The five chapters dealing with the Hudson
River region are included here.
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