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Dazzling "Barnum's Museum" 1855 Lithograph

Impressive and important lithograph entitled Sleighing In New York by Thomas Benecke depicts winter street life in New York City, centered around the world famous "Barnum's Museum." Captures the essence of NYC in the mid 1850's. Children are playing, and stagecoaches carry the elegantly dressed New York society. There is a white carriage memorial to Zachary Taylor, the beloved President who recently died in office. Barnum's Museum is the dominating force with huge sign out front. The distinctive animals painted on the windows are a familiar association, for the populace, of this wonderful place. Printed by Nagel & Lewis in 1855. This print is from the Library of Congress Collection, and was deacquisitioned in the 1960's. The back states all this information and is inscribed by the Library of Congress. Print itself is 25x34"; framed overall, 35.5x42". Except for a little edge wear, condition is NRMT. Barnum's Museum was one of the biggest attractions in the world. The brainchild of impresario P.T. Barnum (one of the most famous men in the world), it would be burnt down and rebuilt more than once. With the Brooklyn Bridge, it is as impor-tant a symbol of 19th century NYC as any other.


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