Historic view from the series "Birch's Views of Philadelphia" entitled "PENN'S TREE, with The City & Port of PHILADELPHIA, on the River Delaware from Kensington." Inscription below the image reads as follows:
PENN'S TREE, with The City & Port of PHILADELPHIA, on the River Delaware from Kensington.
Decayed & blow'd down in 1810.
Published as the act directs by W. Birch, Springland Cot, near Bristol, 1800.
Penn's Tree was Birch's frontispiece (first page after the title page in his original series). It portrays the great elm under which William Penn signed the 1682 of perpetual friendship with the Lenape, also known as Delaware Indians, in the riverside town of Shackamaxon (today known as Fishtown). French philosopher Voltaire described this pact as “the only treaty between those people [the Indians] and the Christians that was not ratified by an oath, and was never infring’d.” Penn was not allowed by his Quaker beliefs to make oaths.
William Russell Birch (1755–1844) was an English born artist who emigrated to America in 1795 and settled in Philadelphia. He was best known for his miniature portraits, enamels and the Views of Philadelphia series.
One of a pair listed separately, the other one is Item 3190, First Street, with the First Presbyterian Church.
It comes beautifully matted and framed and ready to display. Image in very good condition with light toning and spotting on the margins. Unexamined outside of frame, photos taken through glass which explain reflections. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 19 1/2" by 18 1/4" by 7/8"; Mat Opening: 12 1/4" by 10 3/8" approximately.
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