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Views of Brandywine area engravings

Creation: undated
Accession: 1969-003


The Brandywine Valley is a rural region of Southeast Pennsylvania and Northern Delaware celebrated for its historical ties to Revolutionary-era America. This collection contains two b&w engraved prints of depictions of the Brandywine area.


  • Creation: undated



2 item(s)

General Physical Description

1 item: b&w engraved print; 3.5 x 5 in. 1 item: b&w engraved print; 9.5 x 11.75 in.

Historical Note

Founded in 1787 as Joshua Gilpin and Company, the Brandywine Paper Mills served as Delaware's first paper mill, encouraging the mechanization of paper production in the late eighteenth century. The mill was situated on and powered by the Brandywine Creek of the greater Brandywine Valley, a rural region of Southeast Pennsylvania and Northern Delaware celebrated for its historical ties to Revolutionary-era America. Despite its innovations, the Brandywine Paper Mills did not prosper and was ultimately purchased in 1837 by a group of Philadelphia businessmen who organized the Brandywine Manufacturing and Banking Company.

James W. Steel (1799-1879) was an engraver of portraits, historical images, bank notes, and landscapes who worked in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a bank note engraver from 1825 to 1849. He signed many of his engravings, "J.W Steel, Sc." and "J.W Steel, Sculptor."

Scope and Content

This collection includes two engraved views of Brandywine area: The first features a vantage of Gilpin's Mills of Brandywine Creek. The second print and depicts a view on the Brandywine River in Doughty, Delaware by American engraver James W. Steel.


GL Box 1.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials


Additional Description


These items were purchased with Manuel Eyre business papers (Accession 1097), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.


  • Hancock, Harold B., and Norman B. Wilkinson. "The Gilpins and Their Endless Papermaking Machine." The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 81, no. 4 (October 1957): 391-405. Accessed October 7, 2013.
  • Murphy, Kevin, and Sally O'Driscoll, eds. Studies in Ephemera: Text and Image in Eighteenth Century. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2013.

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Views of Brandywine area engravings
Chase Markee
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Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA