A Few More Antique Views of Easton

In Ethan Allen Weaver’s volume The Forks of the Delaware Illustrated: Containing Two-Hundred Full-Page views of Easton, Phillipsburg, and Surrounding Country and Embodying a Concise History of Easton from 1752 to 1900 (the longer the title, the more authoritative they thought it made their volumes, apparently), there exists one of the oldest known paintings of Easton. It is dated to around 1810 (at least two decades before Rupp’s etching-click the link for Rupp’s etching of Easton) and you can clearly see that the steeple on the First Reformed Church is missing, and the tallest building is still the Court House in center square.  Unfortunately, the only graphic I could manage is a bit blurry (and in black and white) but you can still make out the steeple and the hills of what would become College Hill:

easton 1810 full

Click to embiggen.

The view is more encompassing and appears to have been painted from the vantage point atop Mt. Parnassus, on the Phillipsburg, New Jersey side of the Delaware (though this is speculation–the view has changed drastically since 1810 making it impossible to locate without additional research).  Now a few railroad bridges span the river which would appear in the foreground if this painting were done today.  Though black and white, this painting really speaks volumes about the community; spacious land between homes, country-side hamlet, very different than the small city that dominates the landscape in our contemporary era (click the link for a contemporary shot).

As with Rupp’s etching, I decided to do some color-editing and enhancing.  It turned out okay (I’m not an artist), so I’ll share it with you:


I use an app called ‘ColorEffects’ to add the color and another called ‘Snapseed’ to enhance, for those curious.

If I recall from my last visit there (I’ll verify and correct if wrong), the Sigal Museum has the original painting hanging on display in their gallery upstairs.  I highly recommend you make it over to the museum to see it for yourselves (no amount of tinkering I do will do it justice).

Here are a few other views of Easton–all from Weaver’s book–that I’ve decided to colorize for the fun of it (click on them to enlarge):

easton 1832IMG_2262And one of Northampton Street around 1800:

northampton street 1800IMG_2265

Each layer of color has to be added by hand so any overlapping colors you see are from me.  I am not sure what the colors of the buildings were downtown so best I don’t try to make them up and mislead you.  Still, I hope you’ve enjoyed them nonetheless.


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