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  • Fairmount.


  • This landscape view looking west from Reservoir Hill in Philadelphia shows the Fairmount Water Works, originally constructed between 1812 and 1822 after the designs of Philadelphia chief engineer Frederick Graff. Built to supply the expanding city with safe drinking water, the works included an engine house, mill house, and a millrace bridge. Visitors are seen strolling on the landscaped grounds of the works and rowers are visible on the nearby Schuylkill River. Also depicted are residences, probably including Lemon Hill, the Schuylkill Canal lock, and the river dam. The illustration is by John Caspar Wild (circa 1804--46), a Swiss-born artist and lithographer, who arrived in Philadelphia from Paris in 1832. He produced paintings and prints of Philadelphia and other American cities, including Cincinnati, Saint Louis, and Davenport, Iowa. His works are important historical records of these cities before the era of large-scale industrialization and rapid urban growth.


  • Bowen, John T., circa 1801-1856? Printer.
  • Wild, J. C. (John Caspar), circa 1804-1846 Artist.

Created / Published

  • Philadelphia : J.T. Bowen, 1840.


  • -  United States of America--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
  • -  1838
  • -  Dams
  • -  Fairmount Park (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • -  Fairmount Water Works (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • -  Lithographs
  • -  Locks (Hydraulic engineering)
  • -  Parks
  • -  Rowing
  • -  Schuylkill River (Pennsylvania)
  • -  Waterworks


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  "Originally published as plate 1 in Views of Philadelphia, and its vicinity (Philadelphia: Published by J.C. Wild & J.B. Chevalier, Lithographers, 72 Dock Street, 1838). The lithographic stones for the views were acquired by John T. Bowen, who later reissued them with hand coloring. He copyrighted this view in 1840.|Digital catalog number: POS 225.4"--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
  • -  Original resource extent: 1 print : lithograph, hand-colored ; 20 x 24 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: The Library Company of Philadelphia.
  • -  Content in English.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • Philadelphia on Stone

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021670289

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  • compressed data
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Bowen, John T., Circa ? Printer, and J. C Wild. Fairmount. Pennsylvania United States of America Philadelphia, 1840. Philadelphia: J.T. Bowen. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Bowen, J. T. & Wild, J. C. (1840) Fairmount. Pennsylvania United States of America Philadelphia, 1840. Philadelphia: J.T. Bowen. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Bowen, John T., Circa ? Printer, and J. C Wild. Fairmount. Philadelphia: J.T. Bowen. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.