From the Curators:
"Captain Watson came to the United States in 1816-17 to visit his relatives in Philadelphia, leaving us these luminous views of the city from these early days. I especially love this view down the hill to Gray’s Ferry, with the floating bridge (on pontoons!) that crossed the Schuylkill River. There were popular picnicking grounds off to the right, in the park across from the inn. You can see all the way to West Philadelphia in this view, and other images in this little book show different views of Fairmount and the river."
—Kathleen A. Foster, The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art, and Director, Center for American Art
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