The first volume in a three-volume set of highly sought-after books that covers the art and sculpture on display at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.
Originally published in 1876 by writer Edward Strahan, the three-volume “Masterpieces of the Centennial Exhibition” series is the closest that we can experience this remarkable, historic event today. Strahan left no stone unturned and covered nearly every detail of the Fair with words and lavish images that preserve it for audiences now and into the future.
This enormous tome of artwork and artistic critique is profusely illustrated with hundreds of meticulous engravings that show the most delicate details in statues, paintings, sculptures, and more, which filled the Fine Art building.
An art historian digitally scanned and re-mastered each 19th-century image from a priceless pristine copy of the original print. Masterpieces of the Centennial Exhibition 1876 Volume 1: Fine Art Illustrated Special Edition is presented in the original type font with the author’s intended layout. A new, retro-inspired cover design was created exclusively for this handsome reprinting.
Strahan’s landmark book series is rich with information about the remarkable 1876 World’s Fair. Held in Philadelphia just a few years after the end of the Civil War, this massive event celebrated America’s 100th anniversary of independence. The world came together in peace to admire art, technology, and science.
Historians and art enthusiasts alike will find themselves immersed in contemporary writing, period imagery, and a thorough analysis of the pieces on display. One can almost imagine that they’re there, soaking in the sights and sounds of the most fabulous party on Earth in 1876.