18TH CENTURY

 

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1736: "A view of Fort George with the City of New York from the SW." John Carwitham engraved this view with the fort the English named after their king. Carington Bowles issued a colorized print, probably by William Burgis, after 1764 (see next image). [Library of Congress]

 

 

 

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1736 : Colorized version of above engraving issued after 1764. [New York Public Library]

 

 

 

 

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c. 1741: This engraving issued in 1741 describes New York as “the best frontier Town in all British Plantations.” It credits the English with building this good Sea Port making “a noble Appearance.” It omits any reference to the Dutch origins. The scene may predate the issue date, as the holder, the Eno Collection at the New York Public Library, says the engraver is Herman Moll, who died in 1732.

 

 

 

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1766: Thomas Kitchin engraved this “Plan of the City of New York in North America : surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767, a south west view of the City of New York, taken from Governor's Island.” [Eno Collection of the New York Public Library]

 

 

 

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1798: This print by artisit Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Memim provides “A view of the City of New-York from Brooklyn Heights, in 1798.” [Eno Collection of the New York Public Library]

 

 

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A nonfiction narrative of 1872 New York, a city convulsing with social upheaval and sexual revolution and beset with all the excitement and challenges a moment of transformation brings.

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