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A View in Hudson's River of the Entrance of what is called the Topan Lane

A View in Hudson's River of the Entrance of what is called the Topan Lane

Artist: Pownall, Governor

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1761

Shelfmark: K.top 121

Item number: 116.a

Genre: Topographical Print

The Hudson River flows from the Adirondack mountains to New York city. It was originally known by the Mohican name of Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk. In the 17th century it became known as the Hudson River after Henry Hudson, an English explorer who navigated the river in 1609. Large parts of the river are navigable and it quickly became a major route for the Dutch and English colonists, large settlements developing on its banks. During the American Revolution both sides fought for control of the Hudson. This print was created by Paul Sandby, a founding member of the Royal academy and one of the first artists to experiment with the Aquatinting process.

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