Panoramas of Pride: 19th Century Bird's Eye Views of New York State

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Cooperstown, New York, 1862. M. Dev. Martin, artist and lithographer. Lewis & Goodwin, Albany, New York, publishers. Gift of Mrs. Morgan Henry, N0040.1964

This selection of New York state bird’s-eye views dates from the 1850s to 1890. During the second half of the 19th century, especially after the Civil War, the most common type of city view was drawn from an imaginary perspective high in the air. Bird’s-eye views appealed to local pride and the desire to promote one’s community. After the Civil War, firms specializing in bird’s-eye views employed itinerant artists to travel the country to make illustrations of large cities and small towns alike. Included in this exhibition are New York City, Cooperstown, Rochester, Utica and Syracuse among others.