View of the Great Fire in New-York. Dec.r 16th & 17th, 1835.As Seen from the Top of The Bank of America Cor. of Wall & Wm St. [&] A View of the Ruins after the Great Fire in New-York. Dec.r 16th & 17th, 1835. As Seen from Exchange Place.
Published by L.P. Clover, New York. Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1836 by L.P. Clover in the office of the Southern District.
Pair of coloured aquatints. Sheets 495 x 650mm (19½ x 25½") & 495 x 660mm (19½ x 26"). Trimmed within plate mark, laid on board.
Two scenes of the catastrophic fire in New York by Nicolino Calyo, an Italian artist who had emigrated from Italy in 1834 and was an eyewitness to these events. The following day 'The Herald' wrote, with typical hyberbole: 'Talk not to us of the burning of Moscow - the property there lost, was nothing in comparison to that yesterday in New York. The great fire in London is equally unimportant [...] We state here, in the mass, that nearly twenty blocks of valuable buildings are destroyed - five hundred and twenty-nine rich stores [...] all involving a ruin of two thousand merchants, half a dozen of Insurance Companies-and turning out of employment probably five or eight thousand persons, in the capacity of clerks, porters, carmen, &c. &c. The value of the property is variously estimated at from fifteen to fifty millions of dollars'. When advertising these prints the publisher, Lewis P. Clover, the publisher, wrote: 'These beautiful ruins are fast disappearing, and in a few months no vestige of them will be left: in a few years, they will linger as a dream in the memory of the present generation, and the recollection of the most disastrous fire that ever befell this city will, like all earthly things, pass into oblivion'. These ruins include (Bank of America): the Fulton Insurance Company, the New York American building & The Merchants' Exchange; (Exchange Place) Old Garden Street Church.
The Herald: http://archive.is/c6LOk
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