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Harvey, George, approximately 1800–1878
Harvey's scenes of the primitive forest of America : at the four periods of the year, spring, summer, autumn & winter : engraved from his original paintings : accompanied with descriptive letter-press.
Additional Title(s):
Scenes of the primitive forest of America
New-York : Published by George Harvey, office, 8, Fulton Street. Printed by Charles Vinten, 63, Vesey Street, near Greenwich, 1841.
Physical Description:
[7] leaves, [4] leaves of plates : color illustrations ; 51 cm
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Folio A 2016 37
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Copyright statement on title page.
Letter-press descriptions edited by Washington Irving.
Aquatints engravedby William James Bennett.
Originally intended to be published with forty views. Only these first four were issued.
Three variant editions are known, published at roughly the same time: [1] An edition with New York imprint on title page and on front cover, without (?) the dedicatory leaf to Queen Victoria. See: Bibliography of American Literature, no. 10160. [2] The edition described here, with New York imprint on title page and London imprint on front cover, with the dedicatory leaf to Queen Victoria, dated January, 1842. [3] An edition with London imprint on title page and on front cover, with the dedicatory leaf. See: Abbey, J.R. Scenery, no. 652.
"London : Published by George Harvey, 16, Foley Place, Great Portland Street, and Messrs. Ackermann & Co., Strand, 1841. Johnson & Co., printers, 10, Brook Streete, Holborn."--Front cover. Johnson & Co. may have printed the cover only.
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in publisher's original black boards, printed in gold (with London imprint).
Subject Terms:
Canada -- Pictorial works.
Forests and forestry -- Pictorial works.
United States -- Pictorial works.
Aquatints -- Hand-colored -- 1841.
Irving, Washington, 1783-1859, editor.
Bennett, W. J. (William James), 1787-1844, engraver.
Vinten, Charles, printer.
Ackermann and Co., publisher.

  • Spring, no. 2: Burning fallen trees in a girdled clearing, western scene
  • Summer, no. 3: A road accident, a glimpse thro' an opening of the primitive forest, Thornvile, Ohio
  • Autumn, no. 4: Gigantic sycamores, an ox team crossing the ford, Owl Creek, Ohio
  • Winter, no. 5: Impeded travellers in a pine forest, Upper Canada.

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