Archibald L. Dick
American, b. Scotland, c. 1805–c. 1855
After Charles Cousen
British, c. 1819–1889
After William Henry Bartlett
View on the Susquehanna (Above Owego)
Engraving and etching on steel, with hand coloring, 4 3/4 x 7 7/16 inches
From The Ladies’ Repository, volume 6, no. 1 (January 1846), frontispiece
Partial gift and purchase from John C. O’Connor and Ralph M. Yeager
This picturesque prospect, captured near the town of Owego, New York, was originally engraved by Charles Cousen for inclusion of the August 1839 issue of American Scenery. Several years later, Archibald Dick was engaged to re-engrave the scene for the January 1846 issue of The Ladies’ Repository, where, as the frontispiece, it served to illustrate the journal’s first article, also titled "View on the Susquehanna."
As a New York scene, this print is somewhat out of character with the Pennsylvania-themed Tavern Collection. Its inclusion may have been based on the assumption that the view of the Susquehanna River flowing southwest included distant mountains that were located in the Keystone State. Alas, the "above" from the parenthetical title means upstream from Owego. The vista is actually from the heights overlooking Hiawatha Island, closer to the village of Apalachin, New York, and extends east-northeast, which is to say, farther into New York State.