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1904 Hughes and Bailey View of Greenwich, Connecticut

View of the Borough of Greenwich Connecticut. - Main View

1904 Hughes and Bailey View of Greenwich, Connecticut


The sole recorded example.



View of the Borough of Greenwich Connecticut.
  1904 (dated)     16.75 x 23 in (42.545 x 58.42 cm)


This is the sole recorded example of Hughes / Bailey 1904 bird's-eye view of Greenwich, Connecticut. Presenting the town and its surrounds amidst rolling, wooded hills, the view encompasses the area roughly bounded by Railroad Avenue in the south, Old Church Road to the East, and Oakridge Street to the west. North Maple Avenue can be spied in the distance. Streets are labeled on the view itself. The town's buildings are rendered in detailed perspective.
Landmark Views
As is traditional with such views as this, the map is bordered at top and bottom with an array of fifteen architectural views. While most of these are reproduced from drawings, at least three are plainly sourced from photographs of their subjects: Edgewood Inn, the residence of W. J. Smith, and Rosemary Hall.
Hughes and Bailey Views
In 1904, Bailey was in his early 60s. At an age when most men would be looking toward retirement, the Bailey entered into a new business, partnering with the younger Thomas S. Hughes. Under the imprint of 'Hughes and Bailey', the duo traveled throughout New York and New England, revisiting the sites of Bailey's earlier views. In each, they painstakingly made new views, what they called 'aero-views' from the same perspective point of the earlier view, but 20 - 40 years later. Most were artistic renderings, like the earlier views, but some incorporated photography. These were then printed using half-tone copper plate process - considerably cheaper than the older stone lithographs. The marketing angle, evident in numerous newspaper advertisements from 1904 to 1926, was to set the old and new side by side thus illustrating change and growth. They worked together on these views, as is described in an article appearing in the March 29, 1912 issue of the Norwich Bulletin,
It has taken the artists eight months of hard and faithful work to go through the streets and sketch each building separately. They did most of their work during the summer months. It is quite amusing to hear them relate some of their experiences, having been mistaken for burglars, prospective real estate promoters and curiosity seekers.
Hughes and Bailey remained partners for over 20 years, pushing Bailey well into his 80s - nothing to the vigorous man who lived to 104.
Publication History and Census
This view was drawn by Oakley Hoopes Bailey and Thomas S. Hughes, and published under the imprint of 'Hughes and Bailey'. This view is extremely rare: we are aware of no other examples having surfaced on the market, there are no examples in OCLC, and the Library of Congress - which has a large number of Hughes and Bailey prints - does not have this view in their collection. The only surviving example.


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