William Momberger. “Sugar Loaf Mountain, Winona, Min.” From Gallery of Landscape Painters–American Scenery. New York: William Pate & Co., 1869. Ca. 9 x 13 1/2. Steel engraving by Vistus Balch. Full margins. Very good condition.
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A beautifully rendered, antique print showing Sugar Loaf Mountain, Winona, Minnesota. The process of steel engraving first made its impact with the small, octavo topographical engravings that appeared in such works as Willis’ American Scenery and Hinton’s History and Topography, both issued in the first half of the nineteenth century. By the second half of the century, some publishers used this medium to produce more elaborate topographical prints, and amongst the best series of this sort was William Pate’s American Scenery. This large portfolio contained folio sized steel engravings by various engravers after the paintings of a number of famous American landscape artists. Not only were the sources of top quality, but the engraving work is excellent, making these some of the nicest steel engraved views ever produced.