America the Picturesque in Nineteenth Century Engraving

New Trend, 1983

from the publisher:

“America the Picturesque recaptures a bygone era in U.S. history and art, when engraved illustrations were the great medium of visual communication. Here — in 109 full-page plates and many other reproductions — are the landscapes and cities of Romantic and Victorian America as viewed by the master artists and engravers of the period.”

In his Introduction and Commentary, Moritz characterizes the practice of the traveling engravers who interpreted the landscape and events around them and those engravers (sometimes the same artists) who created copies of landscape paintings. He devotes considerable attention to the European (English) developments which shaped American engraving and helped mold the hybrid American idiom of the picturesque.  Two titles that draw particular interest are American Scenery (1840) and Picturesque America (1872).

This title is out of print.

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