This landscape print shows a couple walking along the bank of the Schuylkill River near the industrial village of Manayunk. A large tree stands in the foreground and small factories and dwellings are visible in the background. Also shown are groves of trees, rocks, and ground cover. Located along the east bank of the river, northwest of Philadelphia, Manayunk played an important part in the early industrial development of the United States. It was the site of large textile mills, which were built to take advantage of Manayunk’s plentiful water supply and good transport links. The village was incorporated into the city of Philadelphia in 1854. The illustration is by George Lehman (circa 1800–70), a Swiss-born landscape artist and lithographer, who in 1824 immigrated to the United States with his family, several of whom were also stonecutters.
Lithographer: Childs, Cephas Grier, 1793-1871
References: George Lehman, Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary, Library Company of Philadelphia, http://www.lcpdigital.org. | Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary of Lithographers, http://www.librarycompany.org/pos/posdictionary.htm.
Note: Digital catalog number: POS 454
Place: North America; United States of America; Pennsylvania; Philadelphia
Institution: The Library Company of Philadelphia
Physical description: 1 print : lithograph mounted on paper ; 19 x 29 centimeters