City of Cincinnati, engraving by William Wellstood after an illustration by A.C. Warren.
Hand-colored steel engraving, measures 12.5″ x 9.25″ including border. Clean image, brightly colored. Couple stains along right edge, not affecting image. Unevenly trimmed at lower edge. Appears to have been previously mounted, tape remnants on verso of top edge. From William Cullen Bryant’s Picturesque America, Volume II (1872-1874). The vibrant colors of this engraving make it a lovely image of Cincinnati, the “Queen City of the West.”
William Wellstood (1819-1900) was born in Scotland and came to the United States with his family in 1830. He and his older brother John both became engravers. While John worked in the field of banknote engraving, William devoted himself to engraving portraits, landscapes and historical subjects. He created a large body of work and gained a notable reputation in his profession.