1913 Rummell Bird's-Eye View of Dartmouth College, New Hampshire

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1913 Rummell Bird's-Eye View of Dartmouth College, New Hampshire


One of Rummell's most uncommon college views.


Dartmouth College.
  1913 (undated)     15 x 27 in (38.1 x 68.58 cm)


This the rare c. 1913 Richard Rummell bird's-eye view of Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. The view looks northeast on Dartmouth from the intersection of Main Street and Wheellock. The Dartmouth Green, its distinctive path structure notable, takes center stage. Dartmouth Hall (1906) with its iconic bell tower appears at right. Just to the left, Webster Hall (1907) with its colonnaded entrance, is recognizable. Collis Center (1902) appears in the lower left.
Rummell University Views
Rummell was an American landscape artist known for his drawings of American universities. At the turn of the century, Littig and Company commissioned Rummell to prepare watercolors of some of the nation's most prestigious colleges. From these watercolors, copperplates were engraved, and a limited number of engravings were issued. Most of Rummell's university views are strikingly similar in style, reveling the entire campus in panoramic splendor. The views are uniformly issued from an altitude of about 300 feet, suggesting the Rummell most likely worked from a balloon. Rummell views appear in full size, half size, and quarter size, both colored and uncolored. Typically, the uncolored sepia-toned images bearing Rummell's pencil signature, and the Littig imprint are considered the first editions, but not all his college views are known thus. Some of the views were acquired from Littig and reissued. It is also possible to find proof states, lacking the name of the college below the image.
Publication History and Census
This view was originally published as a photogravure print bye A. W. Elston of Boston and W. T Littig in 1906. The present example removes the Littig imprint, adds color, the Rummell signature in the lower right, and a vignette of Dartmouth Hall (1906) in the lower left. We also note a later reprint by Victorious and Cody, c. 1946. The present example, although undated, was most likely printed around 1913. Dartmouth represents one of the scarcer Rummell views and this issue has no recorded market history. We note multiple examples in the Dartmouth College collections, but none elsewhere.


Richard W. Rummell (1848 – June 4, 1924) was an American artist active in Brooklyn during the late 19th and early 20th century. Rummell was born in Canada, the son of German immigrant Frank X. Rummell and his wife Eliza Rummell. He immigrated to the United States as a youth settling with his parents in Buffalo. He relocated to Brooklyn when he was in his mid-30s, setting up an illustration office at 258 Broadway in Manhattan. Rummell is best known for his series of views of American colleges completed around the turn of the century. Since Rummell's views universally appear to be drawn from an altitude of about 300 feet, it has been speculated by many art historians that he worked from a balloon. Rummell was also a bit of a futurist and among his more interesting works are a series of speculative images of the New York of tomorrow, with vast airships, trains running over the tops of skyscrapers, and elegant sky bridges. In the 1950s, the original printer's plates for many of Rummell's university views were rediscovered in a Brooklyn warehouse. Rummell's Brooklyn home was located at 45 Bay 28th Street and later 73 Hanson Place. In addition to his work as a visual artist, he was an accomplished actor and an avid yachtsman. He founding member of the Bensonhurst Yacht Club, where his yacht, the Careless was usually docked. He was also a member of the Royal Arcanum fraternal order. Rummell was survived by his wife, Emmeline Rummell, daughter, Chrissie Atkinson, and two sons, John Tribel Rummell, and Richard Rummell Jr., who became a famous Florida architect. More by this mapmaker...


Very good. Minor closed and repaired tear, right margin, not extending into image. A few reinforcement points on verso where paper is thin.


OCLC 13638636.