A Panorama of Pittsburgh: Nineteenth-Century Printed Views

A marvel of modern technology and a leader in iron and steel making, coke production, and glass manufacturing, nineteenth-century Pittsburgh acquired near-mythic status as a symbol of American industrial might. The "smoky city" was depicted in everything from fine art to advertising materials. A Panorama of Pittsburgh: Nineteenth-Century Printed Views illustrates the breadth of the extensive visual representation of Pittsburgh in books, magazines, newspapers, frameable views, maps, corporate identity, lithographs, and other types of materials during this period. This comprehensive study traces the development of Pittsburgh and examines the use of views of cityscapes in the 1800s. From the first known rendering of Pittsburgh by German-born linguist, surveyor, and businessman Lewis Brantz, to depictions of current events as published in the popular periodicals of the day, A Panorama of Pittsburgh: Nineteenth-Century Printed Views is the first exhibition to study this material systematically, using examples from private, public, corporate, and club collections in Pittsburgh, as well as institutions around the country.



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