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The Country Seats of the United States (Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture)

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William Russell Birch (1755-1834) has long been recognized as the first artist to achieve true commercial success in depicting American scenes for the domestic market. In his early career in London, Birch was influenced by the landscape painters whose work arose in the rich artistic ferment he encountered there in the 1770s and 1780s. After immigrating to Philadelphia in 1794, Birch sought to make his living recording scenes of the young republic, the better to promote taste in architecture and landscape design. The illustrations in his copperplate books soon proved to be vehicles for developing uniquely American pictorial subject matter. Of these, The City of Philadelphia in 1800 became very successful, going through four editions from 1800 to 1828. Birch's third publication, The Country Seats of the United States, first published in 1808, was the result of the engraver's travels through the mid-Atlantic, as well as his intimate knowledge of the Philadelphia region. Both of Birch's American books are of considerable importance in documenting the cultural developments of the young nation.The Country Seats of the United States consists of twenty plates depicting eighteen estates, all but one of which were located on the eastern seaboard between Mount Vernon in the south and New York City in the north, with many properties along the Schuylkill River near Philadelphia. The remaining property in New Orleans was included to represent the recent Louisiana Purchase. Reproduced in its entirety with twenty color plates, this edition includes Birch's introduction and comments on the images, and a biographical essay situating Birch within his world and discussing the individual sites Birch depicted.

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Reproduced in its entirety with twenty color plates, this annotated edition of "The Country Seats of the United States" includes notes on the sites shown and a biographical essay situating Birch within his artistic and political world.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812241327
Author:
Birch, William Russell
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Editor:
Cooperman, Emily T.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Landscape architecture
Subject:
History - Modern (Late 19th Century to 1945)
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States Description and travel.
Subject:
United States History, Local.
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Series:
Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
87
Dimensions:
9.10x9.10x.60 in. 1.19 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Reproduced in its entirety with twenty color plates, this annotated edition of "The Country Seats of the United States" includes notes on the sites shown and a biographical essay situating Birch within his artistic and political world.
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