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Southeast Prospect of the City of Philadelphia (ca. 1720)

Cooper View
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Peter Cooper
Oil on canvas. The earliest painting of a North American city. This treasure came to The Library Company as a gift from George Mifflin Dallas in 1857, then American minister at the Court of St. James. "One of the members of Parliament in looking over the rubbish of a City curiosity shop" brought him a view of the southeast prospect of Philadelphia painted by Peter Cooper about 1720. He sent the "antique daub" back to its place of origin, deprecating its value except as a curiosity. The Cooper View, now restored and framed, is one of the most valuable of all Philadelphia paintings, the oldest surviving canvas of any American city. To learn more about this and other treasures of the Library Company visit: http://www.librarycompany.org.

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