Brooklyn Academy of Music
You are viewing an
original 1861 illustration of the Grand Opening of the Brooklyn Academy of
Music. It is from an 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly, the most popular
illustrated newspaper of the day. Note that this is not a reprint, and
I absolutely guarantee its authenticity. This leaf is over 140 years old,
and the date is clearly marked on the front of the print. On the day this
leaf was printed, Abraham Lincoln had been elected President of the United
States, and the Civil War was in its opening chapter.
This is a rare and
highly collectible illustration. It pictures the grand opening of the
historic Brooklyn Academy of Music. The top illustration shows the
exterior of the Academy. People in period dress are shown walking in
front of the building, and several horse-drawn carriages are pictured in
the street. The lower image is captioned, "The Brooklyn Academy of Music-
Interior, Opening Concert on Tuesday, January 15, 1861". The image shows
the grand interior of the building. The auditorium is packed with a
standing room only crowd. It looks like the concert is just getting
underway. Making this an even more important historical piece is the
story on the reverse side of the leaf, which presents details of the
Academy. Several of the larger donors are mentioned in the story, as well
as details of the facility.
This leaf would make
the ultimate gift for any patron of the arts, particularly for someone
associated with this institution. The illustration will make a stunning
display when framed and placed in your home or studio. Original material
such as this is becoming increasingly difficult to find, so don't miss
of this century, these older, original pages do not yellow and fall
apart. The reason is that modern newspapers use an acid based process.
Remnant acid in the paper causes the paper to quickly yellow and
deteriorate. A different process was used in the mid-1800's which
yielded an exceptional quality paper that will last for
centuries. Special acid free mats should be used when you frame this
piece to ensure that it will last another 150 years. Acid free mats are
available at most better frame shops. If you have any questions related
to handling or framing this piece feel free to email me. The print is
approximately 10 3/4 X 16 inches. I have been collecting Civil War
Newspapers for over 10 years. It is a fascinating hobby, and I find
that these pieces really get noticed when framed and displayed.
The leaf is in
excellent condition. It has the rich sepia tone that you expect in
original material from this period. It is highly displayable, and I
guarantee your satisfaction!
Don't, miss your
chance to own an original and rare piece of Music History. Buy Now!
Original 1861 Illustration of the Brooklyn Academy of Music
Item Number: h1861p77
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