Philadelphia and Smith Island

Historical Images of Philadelphia Augustus Kollner
Philadelphia and Smith Island

Item Info

Item No: pdck00013
Title: Philadelphia and Smith Island
Media Type: Watercolors (Paintings)
Source: Print and Picture Collection

This 1841 watercolor, "Philadelphia and Smith Island," by Philadelphia artist Augustus Kollner, depicts a peaceful scene on the Delaware River.  The painting features Smith Island--a block wide and a mile long, extending southward from Arch Street to South Street--located halfway between the port of Philadelphia on the left and Camden, NJ, on the right.  In 1838, the island was split in two by a canal, to facilitate ferry traffic to Camden; the second island was named Windmill Island.  Then in 1891, both islands were removed, to accommodate larger vessels for shipping commerce.


Creation Year: 1841
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.145013
Geocode Latitude:39.928953

Creator Name: Kollner, Augustus, 1813-1906 - Artist