View in Sixth Avenue, Between 55th and 57th Sts. Looking West.
1868 (dated) 5 x 7 in (12.7 x 17.78 cm)
This is a beautiful 1868 Shannon and Rogers view looking westward from Sixth Avenue between 55th and 57th streets in what is now Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The view gives an interesting snapshot of what this area looked like in the middle of the 19th century. The foreground features sheds with carriages running along the streets and people walking. Horsecars or horse-drawn trams are also seen. Across Sixth Avenue, the view includes houses built upon a small hill.
This view was prepared for inclusion in the 1868 edition of Joseph Shannon's Manual of The Corporation of the City of New York.
Joseph Shannon (fl. c. 1850 - 1869) produced a series of New York City almanacs and fact books entitled Manual of the Corporation of The City of New York . Shannon's Manual is very similar to the more common manual issued by Valentine. The production of this annual manual was the responsibility of the Clerk of the Common Council of the City of New York, a position held at different times by both Shannon and Valentine. The manual included facts about the City of New York, city council information, city history, and reported on the progress of public works such as Central Park.
William C. Rogers (fl. c. 1860 - 1873) was a New York based lithographer active in the mid to late 19th century. His is best known for his engravings issued in conjuction with Joseph Shannon's Manual of the Corporation fo the City of New York. Rogers issued several maps of New York City in the 1860s and 1870s.
Shannon, J., Shannon's Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York, (1868 edition).
Very good. Light foxing. Minor soiling along top margin. Blank on verso.
New York Public Library, Art and Picture Collection, 33333159142294.