In 1871 the long nightmare of the Civil War as over, Texas had been readmitted to the union, and Galveston was beginning to take on the gleam of the gilded age.
You are looking at a bird's eye view, also known as a perspective map.
The artist first used plat maps and surveys to get the lay of the land, then came the arduous task of walking every street, making sketches of the the buildings and landscape from various angles. Then adjusting the perspective upward and compiling it all into a cohesive and accurate map of the town. People of the nineteenth century were enthralled. Can you blame them?
Camille Drie (1842-1918) is somewhat of a mystery man. He created about a dozen city views in the 1870s, then signed on to the French attempt to build a canal across Panama. It appears he spent his late years working for the telephone company in St. Louis.
36 by 24 inches
Limited Edition of 254 Copies
Each one is hand-numbered
This is a high quality fine art print.
The paper is acid free, cold press cotton with an elegant lightly textured finish. This surface allows the inks to 'bite', reproducing the shading and tonality of the original map vividly, beautifully, and exactly.
The inks are guaranteed color-fast for 80 years, which means you won't need to lay out the extra money for UV glass. You can hang your map in direct sun and it will be just as bright when they are passed on to the next generation it is the day it ships.
It's an instant heirloom. Get yours before they're gone...and get one to give to a friend. He'll owe you!