PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS
Fifth Annual Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. May, 1815
Philadelphia: 1815. 12pp.
Rare early American art exhibition catalogue, including works by Thomas Birch.
The pamphlet lists the exhibits, including the Antique Saloon and Gallery, together accounting for over 160 individual drawings, engravings, prints, sculptures, and paintings. Among the paintings hanging in the gallery are several by Thomas Birch, including one titled, "View of Market Street Bridge." Birch, along with his father, was responsible for the first American color plate book, The City of Philadelphia, fifteen years earlier. Birch also curated this exhibition, according to the list of officers printed at the beginning of the text. There was also a statue of Washington carved in wood by William Rush, and portraits by Sully and Stuart. A rare work, with only digital copies listed in OCLC over six records, and a useful source for provenance research into early Pennsylvania artworks.
Shaw & Shoemaker 23666.