Bird's-Eye View of Waco - 1886


Waco in 1886

In the late nineteenth century, cities commissioned birds-eye views like this as promotional materials. But artists capable of creating them were rare.

India ink, a fine steel nib and a mind that could see things from angles the eye never had. That's what it took to create a fine birds-eye view and Henry Wellge had the trifecta.

His 1886 view of Waco is glorious in its detail, and it's no wonder.

The Waco Day reported that,
"Mr. Wellge remained in Waco three weeks, going over every street and alley in the city and carefully drawing every building and a complete plan of the city. The picture is all that could be desired."

Physical Details

  • 27.75 by 19.5 inches
  • Limited Edition of 254 Copies
  • Each one is hand-numbered
This is a high quality giclee print.

The paper is acid free, cold press cotton watercolor with an elegant ever so 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!



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  • Allow two weeks for delivery.
  • Ships in a sturdy tube.


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