View of Baltimore from Chapel Hill

Title

View of Baltimore from Chapel Hill

Description

Francis Guy’s prospect of Baltimore meticulously records the city’s distinctive topographical features, from the cliffs of Jones Falls Valley and “Howard’s Elm” in the foreground to the dense cluster of buildings that stretches to the harbor front. The contrast between built structures and natural forms speaks to a landscape transformed by urban development. Many of the buildings are readily identifiable, including the octagonal Pantheon (left foreground), where Guy planned to exhibit panoramic paintings. His talent for rendering architecture also earned him commissions for “portraits” of the country estates of Baltimore’s gentry.

Creator

Francis Guy, American, 1760-1820

Date

1802-1803

Contributor

Brooklyn Museum

Identifier

Original Format

Oil on canvas

Physical Dimensions

47 7/16 x 93 9/16 in., 65.5 lb. (120.5 x 237.6 cm, 29.71kg)

Files

41.624_SL3.jpg

Citation

Francis Guy, American, 1760-1820, “View of Baltimore from Chapel Hill,” Baltimore Heritage Digital Collections, accessed October 23, 2019, https://collection.baltimoreheritage.org/items/show/145.

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