SCARCE AND BEAUTIFUL LITHOGRAPHIC PLATE OF THE CEREMONIES AT THE DEDICATION OF NEW YORK'S WORTH MONUMENT
(NEW YORK) WEINGARTNER, Adam. Lithographic plate ["Ceremonies of Dedication of the Worth Monument"]. New York: A. Weingartner's Lith., 1857. Disbound, black-and-white lithographic plate, measuring 19 by 13-1/2 inches. $450.
Scarce large folding black-and-white lithographic plate of the ceremonies at the dedication of the Worth Monument on November 25, 1857.
"Honoring General William Jenkins Worth (1794–1849), and dating to 1857," the Worth Monument "is the second oldest major monument in the parks of New York City" (NYC Parks). A 51-foot marble obelisk, the monument was embellished with bands naming significant battles that Worth fought in during the War of 1812, Second Seminole War, and Mexican–American War; a bronze equestrian relief; and a bronze dedicatory plaque. While Worth was originally buried in Brooklyn, he was moved to 5th & Broadway and buried beneath the obelisk for no apparent reason. The dedication of the Worth Monument—also essentially a funeral—was a day of great jubilation, with hundreds of soldiers and spectators attending. This lithograph by Adam Weingartner beautifully depicts 19th-century lower Manhattan and the events of the day.
Light wear along stub edge from disbinding. A handsome piece, suitable for framing.