(VIEWS IN CENTRAL PARK)
Six scarce and lovely chromolithographed views of various sites and structures in Central Park as they appeared within the first decade of its opening. These are album cards printed by America’s prolific chromolithographer Louis Prang and designed for inclusion in an album or scrapbook. There were 36 cards issued in total during this period, 12 per series. By 1869, another 2 series, titled a bit differently, were issued, making a total of 60 cards in all. Our six include: “Abode of the Swans; “The Music Temple”; “The Tower”; “Ornamental Bridge”; “The Drive”. and “The Bridle Path”. With the exception of the “Abode of the Swans”, where, of course, the swans gliding in their pond are the focus, the scenes are peopled showing current dress and fashion. “(Prang’s) publication of album cards was an especially happy idea. In the late nineteenth century an album holding colorful cards was found on the center table of every parlor. The cards were put up in envelopes containing twelve cards each, and their subjects included flowers, leaves, birds, butterflies, animals, marine and landscape views.” (McClinton. THE CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS OF LOUIS PRANG, page 4). We find a listing for the whole collection only in the Avery Library at Columbia.
Very faint infrequent little bits of foxing. Near fine.
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