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York River Looking Northwest up to West Point


Watercolor on paper drawing of "York River Looking Northwest up to West Point", ca. 1796-1798, from the Latrobe Sketchbooks, by Benjamin Henry Latrobe. Benjamin emigrated from Great Britain to Virginia in March 1796. He lived and worked there until 1798 when he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This scene features the York River, a thirty-four-mile estuary that separates the Virginia and Middle Peninsulas. The river begins at the small town of West Point, Virginia. This view was taken from the shoreline and features several sailing ships in the river.


circa 1796-1798


Watercolor on paper


10.5 x 7 inches

Object ID

1960. c

Resource ID



Sketchbook 2

Digital Publisher

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