View of the Park, Fountain & City Hall, N.Y.
New York: N. Currier, 1851. Hand-colored lithograph. Small folio. Slightly abraided far left of image. Framed. Image size (including text): 8 1/2 x 12 5/8", sight. Walnut frame , French mat. 19 x 22 1/2"
This bird's eye view of the City Hall and City Hall Park depicts what had been the north end of New York City, just as the tumultuous expansion of the latter half of the century began.
A bird's-eye view of City Hall Park and City Hall itself. New York City Hall was rightfully considered one of its architectural jewels, and the adjacent park and fountain, pre-dating Central Park by many years, to be one of the European-style amenities of an advanced civilization.
This was the second bird's-eye view of the park and City Hall that Nathaniel Currier published, the first appearing in 1846 (Gale 6939). Not very much had changed by 1851, but Currier was very much attuned to what his public wanted and this somewhat flattering view of what New York purported to be was one.