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Rare early view of Spirit Creek, engraved by John Hill from a painting by Joshua Shaw.

The view appeared in Thomas Ash's  Picturesque Views of American Scenery, which consisted of twenty aquatints engraved by Hill after paintings by Shaw. The series began in 1819, but Thomas abandoned the project after only the title page was produced. The firm of Matthew Carey & Son continued the project, which wa planned to be issued in six serial issues of six plates each, for a total of 36 plates, with each serial set issued with paper wrap paper covers, a vignette title page and letterpress text descriptions for each sheet.  Only four parts were issued for a total of twenty prints.

Thomas Ash acquired the rights to the set and republished them in 1835.


Both the Ash and Carey & Son editions are very rare on the market.