"U. S. Bank" Philadelphia J. C. Wild and J. P. Chevalier Vintage Print
"U. S. Bank Philadelphia" is a vintage print of the United States Bank on Chestnut Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets in Philadelphia, PA. The engraver was John Caspar Wild, a Swiss artist who formed a partnership with J. B. Chevalier to publish a series of lithographs illustrating the city scenes of Philadelphia in 1838. The prints were sold inexpensively and came out in five monthly numbers of four views. When the twenty scenes were completed they were sold in a bound volume. During the 1830's Philadelphia was in the midst of a great building boom and since most of Wild's views were of recently constructed buildings, Wild's portfolio documents Philadelphia's new appearance. The series of prints went through four different editions. After the original issue, Wild left town and sold his share to his partner, J. B. Chevalier. The set was reissued under J. B. Chevalier in 1838 and that same year, J. T. Bowen acquired the rights to the set and issued an edition with himself as publisher. Later Bowen reissued the set and removed Wild's name as both artist and lithographer. This "U. S. Bank Philadelphia" vintage print is one that shows both Wild's and Chevalier's name, of 7 Dock Street Philadelphia. The vintage print has been professionally framed and measures, 11.50" H X 13.25" W X 01.50" D, including the frame.
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