NEWELL, John Perry
Newport, R. I. View from Fort Wolcott Goat Island
[Boston]: J. H. Bufford, . Tinted lithograph, hand-finished, drawn and lithographed by Newell, printed by Bufford. Sheet size: 13 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches.
Panoramic view of Newport.
"This low elevation landscape view focuses attention on Newport's harbor, emphasizing the towns importance as a seaport, especially during the colonial period. As the town's maritime fortunes declined after the Revolutionary War, it became a summer resort for southern plantation families and Boston artists and scholars, and by the end of the century, for the wealthy industrial elite of the Gilded Age. Newells view, drawn just before the Civil War began, represents a traditional landscape view. It portrays the facades of buildings as viewed from a ground level perspective. While the harbor is filled with a variety of sailing vessels, the drawing also provides a skyline panorama, accentuating the tallest buildings, especially the church steeples. The large building on the horizon is the Ocean House, one of the hotels catering to the summer visitors" (Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center, digital collections). Newell was the artist and lithographer of views of other places in Rhode Island and elsewhere. Peters (America on Stone) mentions the Newport view and speaks of Newell as "the very good lithographer" who did work for Bufford, Endicott, and other leading print-making firms.