Item #3768 Yale College 1878. Respectfully dedicated to the Faculties and Students of the Several Departments by the Artist. L. Papanti, del, A. L. Papanti.

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Papanti, L., A. L. Papanti, del.

Yale College 1878. Respectfully dedicated to the Faculties and Students of the Several Departments by the Artist.

New York: Lith. and Printed by Charles Hart, 36 Vesey St., 1878. Lithograph, 17.75” x 27”, plus margins. CONDITION: Good, lightly toned, light damp-stains, mainly in upper margin.

A scarce large folio view of Yale College, as the university was then known, featuring a central view of the College Square, including Old Brick Row, as seen from the corner of New Haven’s College and Chapel Streets. Surrounding the central view are vignettes of additional buildings, the insignia of the college’s secret societies and fraternities, etc.

A portrait of Yale President Noah Porter (1811–1892) appears at the center-top, and incorporated into the border at the center-bottom is a full-standing portrait of merchant and philanthropist Elihu Yale (1649–1721), an early benefactor of the college. Vignettes surrounding the view depict Porter’s residence, Divinity Halls, the Scientific School Buildings, Alumni Hall, the Gymnasium, the Medical College, the Peabody Museum, the New Boat House, etc. The insignias of the secret societies and other emblems appear below the central view.

The following note on the present lithograph appears in The Educator: “A very beautiful reproduction of a drawing of Yale University in 1878 has been received from A. L. Papanti, 818 Chapel Street, New Haven, Conn., who made the sketch from one made by his father years ago. The drawing is historically correct in its reproduction of the old buildings which are quite different from the modern buildings which now house the university.” A. L. Papanti was a New Haven artist (full name and dates uncertain). At least one other print after a Papanti drawing is known, a woodcut titled Moody and Sankey’s Tabernacle, New Haven, Conn. (1878), an example of which is held by the Yale University Art Gallery.

Born in Connecticut, Noah T. Porter III was a minister, philosopher, and an anti-slavery activist. He graduated from Yale in 1831 and married Mary Taylor in 1836, the daughter of Nathaniel Taylor who presided over the creation of the Yale Divinity School. Porter was ordained as a Congregational minister in New Milford, Connecticut, serving there from 1836 to 1843, and then as pastor at a Congregational Church in Springfield, Mass. from 1843 to 1846. He was hired as professor of moral philosophy and metaphysics at Yale in 1846. Porter edited several editions of Webster’s Dictionary. Influenced by the German philosopher Francis Lieber, he opposed slavery and combined an antislavery position with religious liberalism. Porter served as president of Yale from 1871 to 1886. He died in New Haven in 1892.

Lithographer Charles Hart (1824–1914) was born in London and later immigrated to New York, where he worked for Endicott & Company from 1839 to 1859. Hart’s memoirs offer one of the few personal accounts of early lithography in the city. After working for Endicott, Hart formed various short-lived partnerships before striking out on his own. In 1873, he moved to 36 Vesey St., where his firm was to be located for the next fifty-eight years, producing lithographic posters for New York’s theater scene, sheet music covers, scenic views, trade cards, and more. Hart was active in his firm until 1911 and died in 1914. 

No examples recorded in OCLC.

A scarce and interesting view of Yale.

REFERENCES: Last, Jay. The Color Explosion: Nineteenth-Century American Lithography (Santa Ana, CA, 2005), pp. 96-97; The Educator, Vol. 40, No. 1 (Columbus Ohio, September 1934); "Noah Porter, D.D., LL. D." at rootsweb online.

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