Tuesday, December 12, 2006


by Emily Barton // Picador

Cover photograph by Gayle Harper
Cover illustration by Steven Noble


I love the much larger original hand colored and tinted lithograph from 1858. It's such an unusual bird's eye view that simulates a wide angle lens of Brooklyn / City of New York / Williamsburg. Before any bridges spanned the East River.

Bird's eye view of the city of New York, Brooklyn, and Williamsburg. 1858. Hand colored and tinted lithograph, 59.6 x 90.1 cm. I.N. Phelps Stokes Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs. © The New York Public Library / Art Resource

New-York and environs, from Williamsburgh, 1848. Tinted lithograph with hand coloring ; 51.6 x 82.4 cm. Printer: Sarony & Major. Publisher: Williams & Stevens. © The New York Public Library / Art Resource

New York, from Brooklyn Heights. 1837. Aquatints--Hand-colored. 49.7 x 80.7 cm. © The New York Public Library / Art Resource


Anonymous said...

Both covers are very nice, Henry. I think I lean toward liking the second one best. Great work all the way around.

Anonymous said...

I concur. I dig the title type as bridge. Great image. Legibility may be a concern with the script. Seems like there should be a little more space (or something) between the title and the name.

Top one makes me think of MAYFLOWER in its straightforwardness.

Know what I mean?

Anonymous said...

Beautiful man. I am always inspired by your mastery. Your words are just as inspiring as your work. You should have a recording, like a "Henry's thoughts on the day" that goes along with this. Hey I'm glad I can just pick up the phone when I need some words of wisdom.