What is this?
Nine panels depicting Niagara Falls and Natural Bridge in Virginia from the scenic set "Scenic America". The panels are numbered 24 - 32.
Why is this in our collection?
This is a view of Boston Harbor, one scene from the scenic wallpaper Views of North America designed by Zuber in 1834. This scenic contains 32 panels and shows some of the natural wonders of the continent: New York bay, Boston harbor, Niagara Falls, & the natural bridge of Virginia. Scenic wallpapers were introduced around 1804 and remained popular with new designs being introduced until 1865. Zuber is still printing a number of these early designs today, using the original woodblocks. Scenic papers were the epitome of block printing: usually contained 24-32 panels, and each set could require thousands of wood blocks to print. There was no repeat within a set, and the last panel lines up with the first so multiple sets could be used in a room for a continuous view. This scenic is printed in 223 colors and requires 1690 wood blocks to print.