View of Harrisburg, Pa.


View of Harrisburg, Pa.


Artist unknown
American, 19th century?
After Edwin Whitefield
American, b. England, 1816–1892

Published by H. Long & Brother




Printed by E. Jones & G. W. Newman, New York

From the series North American Scenery

This view of Harrisburg, together with the depiction of waterfalls on the Lackawanna River (86.613) are three of the twenty-eight locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and Connecticut that were featured in Edwin Whitefield’s North American Scenery. The views were issued, four at a time, in seven monthly installments beginning in January 1846, together with explanatory texts for each of the scenes by the well-known New York bibliophile John Keese.

While the prospectus for North American Scenery called for “engravings printed in tints,” the sheets are in fact hand-colored lithographs. And although Whitefield would later become proficient in lithography, it’s likely that, at this point in his career, his drawings were transferred to stone by artists in the employ of the companies contracted to print the lithographs. As was customary at the time, each sheet would have then been decorated, usually in watercolor, by a second group of artists following a colored model supplied by Whitefield.


Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, Partial gift and purchase from John C. O’Connor and Ralph M. Yeager




John C. O'Connor and Ralph M. Yeager Collection, Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University


This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses are not permitted.


Lithograph with hand coloring; 8-7/8 x 11 in. (22.5 x 28 cm)


United States, Pennsylvania, Dauphin (county), Harrisburg