Sale 16AM02 | Lot 3

After William Russell Birch and Thomas Birch

Catalogue: American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts
After William Russell Birch and Thomas Birch

Lot Details

Lot 3
After William Russell Birch and Thomas Birch
City and Port of Philadelphia, on the River Delaware from Kensington
Inscribed Great Shackamaxon Treaty Tree c. 1850 on an old label affixed to the reverse
Oil on paper laid down on board
9 x 11 1/2 inches
The present work depicts the giant elm tree in an area of Philadelphia known as Shackamaxon (today Kensington), where William Penn is believed to have signed his first treaty with the Lenape people in 1682. It derives from an engraving by the same title from Birch's Views of Philadelphia, an 1800 book of prints drawn and engraved by William Russell Birch (1755-1844) and his son Thomas Birch (1779-1851). It became an iconic image of Philadelphia.


C Estate of Patricia M. De Bary

Estimate: $500 - $700
Sold for $1,000 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Surface grime, wear along the edges. Uneven discolored varnish. A possible 1/4 x 1/4 inch area of repair and inpaint in the tree's foliage at left. On the reverse is a fragmented study of a boat on a river; its surface is scuffed and scratched.


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Estimate: $500 - $700
Sold for $1,000 (includes buyer's premium)

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American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts

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