By: Charles Graham
Date: April 18, 1891 (published) New York
Dimensions: 14.5 x 20 inches (37 x 51 cm)
A clean and vivid bird's eye view of the Columbian Exposition that was published as a double page print in Harper's Weekly. The image came two years prior to the opening of the fair in May of 1893. Thus the view is an artists rendering of what the end result would be.
The exposition was designed by John Root, Fred Olmsted, Charles Atwood, and Daniel Burnham. It was based around neoclassical architecture principles of symmetry, balance, and splendor and was nicknamed the White City. Anyone who follows the history of this exposition knowns that the construction and landscaping process was filled with extensive delays, mishaps, accidents, and multiple blown budgets. In the end, the fair was a major success and placed the city of Chicago within the ranks of New York, London, and Paris as an international destination that would lure architects from around the world to the city to see their visions come to reality.
Harper's Weekly was American political magazine based in New York City. Published by Harper & Brothers from 1857 until 1916, it featured foreign and domestic news, fiction, essays on many subjects, and humor, alongside illustrations. The publication is responsible for a wide range of superb historical images that collectors enjoy to this day.
Condition: This print is in A condition with no holes or tears and a fine image on clean paper.
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