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Charles Arthur Fries (Cincinnati, Ohio, 1854-1940). Engraving on paper, marked l.r.; 22 x 40.5 in. (plate), 35 x 47.5 in. (frame).
This rare view of Cincinnati was published in 1886 by the Illustrated News, Cincinnati, Ohio, as a Supplement to the Cincinnati Illustrated News- Grand Exposition Number, August 21. It depicts a bird's-eye view of the "Queen City" as it was in 1886, from Fountain Square looking north and capturing an expansive area, from Fairmount to the Bellevue House to Mt. Adams dotting the horizon. Within these boundaries are too many local landmarks to list, including Cincinnati businesses, government buildings, streets and statuary. Below the plate are detailed listings of noteworthy buildings and sectors of the city. This engraving provides a wonderful and accurate glimpse into the city of Cincinnati during the late 19th century, at a time when it was a thriving industrial and cultural powerhouse of the Midwest.
Charles Arthur Fries also worked as an illustrator, lithographer and plein air painter. Fries studied privately under Charles T. Webber, a Cincinnati artist and founding member of the Cincinnati Art Academy. It is also known that Fries was apprenticed to a Cincinnati lithographer in his teens, and would have been familiar with the engraving process. Fries left Cincinnati in 1887 to travel with his new wife to New York and never returned. The end of his career was spent in San Diego, California.
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