Panorama of the River St. Lawrence, Ontario.
N/P: N/P, after 1857. 7" x 138" (!). This is a folding wood engraved panorama in printed cloth boards. The book itself measures seven and one half by four inches while the panorama if completely unfolded would stretch to an impressive eleven and one half feet. The sheet is folded accordion style, making it possible to open a few panels at a time to study the River or follow one's route. From the City of Quebec to Niagara Falls Waud depicts towns, geographic features, and rail lines paralleling the River. Numerous vignettes show significant features, town views, portraits and local color while all types of boats ply the waters. Alfred R. Waud (1828-1891) was an English born artist and illustrator who is best known for his eye witness sketches f Civil War battle scenes. The panorama is remarkably well preserved with no splitting to the folds and perhaps a touch of toning to the paper but no foxing or stains. Item #26308