Monday, May 14, 2012
1862 "Views of Norfolk and Portsmouth" Engraving
When one compares this print with the one below, we get an answer to why the print's looks are deceiving. The printmaker took an older print (the one below), redrew the same city scenes, scratched out the civilian ships, and replaced them with U.S. Navy ships.
Washington, D.C., Fort Monroe, the Virginia Military Institute, the University of Virginia, and the U.S. Capitol, among many others. Many of their drawings are "bird's eye" or "aerial views" that gave the viewer a spectacular three-dimensional view. The firm's print of Baltimore is considered to be its finest. According to one art historian, Sachse's artists spent three years drawing nothing but buildings in Baltimore to construct the print. Like many 19th-century lithographers and other forms of mass-produced art, Sachse was originally from Prussia, the birthplace of lithography. He emigrated to the United States in the 1840s.
The tag line, "Published, C. Bohn, 681 Penn. Ave, D.C. and Old Point Comfort," also appears on the print. Bohn appears to have been Sachse's marketing agent and writer. It does not appear that he was an artist. His most notable work is an 1856 tourist's guide to Washington, D.C. called Bohn's Hand-book of Washington, D.C.