[Richmond, Virginia]: Clerk’s Office of the District of Virginia, 1857.
Oblong Folio. Print; extracted from Beyer’s Album of Virginia, an oblong folio, 16 /3/4 x 24 1/4”. One of forty tinted lithographic plates, as well as title leaf. The lithography was in fact done on the continent, by Rau & Son in Dresden.~~The German-born artist Edward Beyer was active in the United States from 1848 to 1857 and is remembered primarily for this Album of Virginia. This view of the Virginia’s Natural Bridge is perhaps among the more signifcant of the plates. ~~Most of the scenes are from the Valley of Virginia, depicting the soft contours of the mountains of Virginia. All of them have a soft, luminous quality, with great appeal. “This collection of forty-one views is one of the most pleasant of American color-plate books to behold” [McGrath, 88]. ~~This plate has some significant foxing; it is in a frame with a mat, lacking the glass. (Sabin 5135; Howes B,413; Bennett 10; McGrath, American Color Plate Books 1800-1900).