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
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