1927 The Corner of Lake and La Salle Streets, Chicago Marine Bank Building in the Year 1864.
By: Raoul Varin
Date: 1927 (published) Chicago
Dimensions: 17 x 21.25 inches (43.2 x 54 cm)
This fine aquatint provides a view of historic Chicago in 1864. The image shows a bustling scene of commerce at the corner of Lake Street and La Salle Street, looking toward the Marine Bank Building. The young city appears to be full of life with horses drawing wagons of industrial products of various types, carriages for personal transportation, and pedestrians walking on paved sidewalks.
French artist Raoul Varin’s limited edition of 31 views of the city (issued 1927-1932) has been beloved by generations of Chicagoans. The entire series of aquatints were based on early photographs and other images from the city’s past and were initially published by Ernest Byfield. Financial problems forced Byfield out of the project and the series was completed by the Chicago branch of Ackermanns, the English publishing house founded in 1783.
Condition: This aquatint is in A condition displaying an exceptional print on fine paper with full margins.
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