Frank Leslie Rooftop View of Mexico City

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606. [PANORAMIC VIEW: MEXICO CITY]. LESLIE, Frank (publisher). View of the City of Mexico. [above top of print] Supplement to Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper No. 1,224, March 15, 1879. [below print at right] From Photographs and Sketches by our Special artists. N.p., n.d. [New York, 1879]. Uncolored wood-engraved panoramic view of Central Mexico City; image: 25.3 x 77.6 cm; image plus printed material above and below: 27.5 x 77.6 cm; overall sheet size: 29 x 83.5 cm. Light wear and minor chipping at left and right blank margins, overall fine.

     This print presents an attractive panoramic view from the roof tops of Mexico City. The image is only somewhat akin to the Lebreton view preceding, but not a slavish copy. The artist of the Leslie print, like Lebreton, captured an engaging view of the social life of the city, even on its rooftops. The view was meant to accompany a supplement to Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, and as such is an unusual item. The periodical was the first successful United States news picture magazine, founded by Henry Carter, who took inspiration from the pioneer pictorial weekly Illustrated London News. Carter introduced several technical innovations to printing images in the United States, such as a system of controlling light-and-shade on wood engravings for printing.


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