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Arch Street Ferry, Philadelphia

Date: 1800
Overall: 332 x 414 x 414 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Engraving
Object No: 00006898
Place Manufactured:Pennsylvania
Related Place:Philadelphia,

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    This hand coloured engraving by William Birch depicts Arch Street ferry at Philadelphia. A large ship is docked at the wharf, flying the US flag from the stern, and a long pennant from the main mast. People are depicted busily preparing and loading cargo and supplies onto the vessels.
    SignificancePublished at the beginning of the 19th century, this famous view of the Philadelphia waterfront represents the city as a busy maritime centre, despite no longer being the nation’s temporary capital city.
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