Carl Fredrik Akrell (Swedish, 17791868), after Axel Klinckowström (Swedish, 17751837)
Aquatint; Image: 11 7/8 x 18 3/8 in. (30.2 x 46.7 cm); sheet: 15 5/8 x 22 in. (39.7 x 55.9 cm)
Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, 1924 (24.90.1320)
Duncan Phyfe's furniture workshop and warehouse stood on Fulton Street, a major east-west thoroughfare in nineteenth-century Manhattan. Constructed in 1816 and named in honor of Robert Fulton, the pioneer of steamboat transportation, Fulton Street connected three small, previously disjointed roads into a major commercial avenue. In this print, the viewer looks north from the intersection of Broadway and Fulton toward City Hall (built 1813). By 1820, this area had become a shopping destination for New York's fashionable and sophisticated elite. To the far left of the image is the northernmost column of Saint Paul's pedimented facade.