U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
1866

New York Bay and Harbor. Chart 20.

Coast Chart No. 20. New York Bay And Harbor, New York. From a Trigonometric Survey under the direction of A.D. Bache Superintendent of the Survey of the Coast of the United States

DESCRIPTION: Detailed, antique, original folding harbor chart on linen of Manhattan, New York Bay, and surrounding areas published immediately after the U.S. Civil War. Coverage includes Staten Island, the Hudson River, Newark Bay, and the Rockaway Peninsula. Produced under the direction of A.D. Bache, a great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin (Guthorn, 1984). The chart is based on triangulation of J. Ferguson and E. Blunt.

This chart is even more scarce and unusual because of its provenance and because it is a folding chart. The chart was dissected into 8 sections and mounted to linen at the time it was issued. Folded the chart measures 8" x 14". Separately issued by the U.S. Coast Survey in 1866 for use at sea, this chart is NOT the commonly found Coast Survey sketch/chart on thin paper.

This chart has an interesting provenance as it carries the manuscript signature of Charles DW Brownell, Bristol, Rhode Island on the inside front cover. Charles deWolf Brownell (1822 - 1909) was born in Providence Rhode Island, educated in the law, and later settled on a career as an artist for health reasons. Brownell travelled widely to Cuba, the Carribean and Europe. He is best known for his landscapes but produced several paintings of maritime subjects including "The Burning of the Gaspee". Brownell lived in New York City from 1860 - 1865.

With well-worn embossed black boards and manuscript notation on verso- "New York Harbor".

CREATOR: U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey

PUBLICATION DATE: 1866

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: United States

BODY OF WATER: New York Bay

CONDITION: Fair.  Browned with light stains. Some separation from the linen backing. Boards worn and chipped.

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SIZE: 30 " x 27 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 0

PRICE: $325

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