MOORE, H. P. (1833-1911)
South West View Concord, N.H. 1860
New York: Endicott & Co, 1860. Tinted lithograph. Image size: 12 7/8 x 18 1/2 inches; sheet size:17 x 22 3/8 inches. Expert restoration to a few marginal tears. Image size (including text): 12 7/8 x 18 1/2 inches. Sheet size: 16 3/4 x 22 3/8 inches.
Handsome view of this beautiful New Hampshire town taken from a farm across the Upper Merrimack River.
Henry P. Moore began his artistic career as a viewmaker. Between 1854 and 1860 he produced 7 town views in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York. These were all notable for their accuracy and pleasant atmospheres and for the fine lithograph done by several of the best lithographic firms: J. H. Bufford and L. H. Bradford & Co. in Boston, and Endicott & Co. in New York. Moore moved to Concord when he was seven and no doubt had a special affinity for the prosperous farming and industrial town. This sketch from a slight eminence above a small farm looks across the Upper Merrimack at an interesting angle to show the factories on the river and the rest of the town, which includes the state capitol building. It is an exceptionally pleasant image with a family in the foreground working their farm, which overlooks the river and town. Following the flow upstream, we see the factories that lined the riverbank and made the town an early industrialized success.
Reps, Views and Viewmakers...p. 192-93.