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Title Print, hand-colored: "View up the Hudson From Sybil's Cave Hoboken" Artist: R. Gignoux. Engraver: W.G. Jackman. N.d., ca. 1842-1847.
Object Name Print
Catalog Number 2013.026.0001
Collection Hoboken 19th C. Images Collection
Scope & Content Print: " View up the Hudson. From Sybil's Cave Hoboken "
Artist: Regis Francois Gignoux. Engraver: W.G. Jackman.
No date, circa 1842-1847.

Hand-colored engraving on cream wove paper, no watermark. Leaf, 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" as removed from a binding; source publication not stated or known. The print was previously matted and framed. Lightly foxed and darked image area of former matte window.

It is an early view of River Walk and Sybil's Cave showing a bucolic Hoboken and a placid Hudson River with three sailboats in view. Visitors are seen at the Cave and in the distance along River Walk heading towards Elysian Fields.

Landscape painter Gignoux (1816-1882) was born and trained in France; active in America as part of the Hudson River School from 1840 to the 1870s. The oil painting that this engraving was based upon has not been found listed in any on-line records. The date attribution is apparently based on other New Jersey scenes done by him in this period. See notes for information about the engraver.

Two documents from donor A. Ross Eckler (author of "History and Legend of Caves" published on pp. 46-49 in The Caves of New Jersey. Richard F.Dalton; Trenton, N.J.: Bureau of Geology & Topography, 1976 - PDF of full work is on file with this record) including a postcard of July 5, 1978 about the work and artist from Harriet Dow (Mrs. John G. Dow) and a sale or auction card with lot number.

Notes W. G. Jackman was originally from England, but came to the United States in 1841, where he established a business in New York. He did most of his work for the Harpers, Putnams and Appletons, all New York publishers. He excelled as an engraver of portraits and subject plates, using the stipple and the line methods. Jackman also did a few portraits using the mezzotint technique for Harper & Brothers.
Date 1842 -1847
Year Range from 1842
Year Range to 1847
Search Terms Sybil's Cave
Hudson River
River Walk
Caption enlarged 300 pct and cropped to image
Imagefile 205\20130260001-3.TIF
Classification Real Estate
Historic Sites