View on St. Lawrence near Berthier 1809


Alexander Robertson.  “Near Berthier On The St. Lawrence.”  [Canada.]  From The Port Folio.  Philadelphia: September, 1809.  Engraving by Peter Maverick.  6 7/8 x 4 5/8.  Very good condition.  Stauffer: 3204.

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An early American engraving from The Port Folio.  This was a new type of American magazine, “Devoted to Useful Science, the Liberal Arts, Legitimate Criticism, and Polite Literature.”   It was a product of the new century, appearing first in January 1801.  It began as a weekly issue until 1809, when it became monthly until its demise at the end of 1827.  As with the many magazines that followed it, The Port Folio contained numerous illustrations, including this interesting view of a scene on the St. Lawrence River in Canada.  It was engraved by Peter Maverick, one of the most important of the early American engravers.  The fine views from The Port Folio are some of the most unusual and early American-made views of the country, and they form an important series of documents from the first three decades of the nineteenth century.