Photo, Print, Drawing Pennsylvania Hospital.

About this Item


  • Pennsylvania Hospital.


  • This print shows an exterior view from the southeast of the Pennsylvania Hospital, located on Pine Street between 8th and 9th Streets in Philadelphia. The street scene in the foreground includes a carriage, a wagon, riders on horseback including a woman riding sidesaddle, pedestrians, and a watchman's guardhouse. Benjamin Franklin helped raise funds for the first Pennsylvania Hospital building, the east wing, which was designed by Samuel Rhoads and constructed in 1755 on a site that was then far from the smells and noise of the city center. Rhoads' plans called for a central pavilion and west wing, but these were not built until after 1794, according to a design by David Evans, Jr. The central pavilion is set slightly forward and is a fine example of Federal architecture. 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
  • -  1755 to 1840
  • -  Carriages and carts
  • -  Horse-drawn vehicles
  • -  Horseback riding
  • -  Hospitals
  • -  Lithographs
  • -  Neoclassicism (Architecture)
  • -  Pennsylvania Hospital (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • -  Street scenes


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  "Originally issued as plate 13 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 558.3"--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
  • -  Original resource extent: 1 print : lithograph, hand-colored ; image 13.5 x 17.5 centimeters, on sheet 16.5 x 18 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

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021670356

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

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

APA citation style:

Bowen, J. T. & Wild, J. C. (1840) Pennsylvania Hospital. 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. Pennsylvania Hospital. Philadelphia: J.T. Bowen. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.