A view of the Highland of Neversunk, N.W. b[y] W. four miles distant, with the light house, on Sandy hook, N.W. ; The south shore of Long Island, ten leagues eastward of Sandy Hook, four miles distant ; New York with the entrance of the North and East rivers ; The light house on Sandy Hook, S.E. one mile ; The Narrows (between Red and Yellow Hook, on Long Island, & the east bluff of Staten Island) bearing S. b[y] W.

Author: Des Barres, Joseph F.W.
Publisher: Des Barres, Joseph F.W.
Date: 1777
Location: New York Harbor (N.Y. and N.J.)

Dimensions: 14 x 48 cm. or smaller, sheet 81 x 59 cm.
Scale: Not drawn to scale
Reference: Phillips. Maps of America, p. 527
Reference: Phillips, 1198
Reference: Cresswell, Donald H. The American Revolution in Drawings and Prints, 539-543


Five perspective views of the approaches to New York Harbor taken by J.F.W. Des Barres for the use of Royal Navy of Great Britain. Appears to be a later state, with many additional vessels in each view.

The physical item is not available at the Boston Public Library.

Individual sheets of coastal views appear throughout The Atlantic Neptune. Landfall and headland views, like those displayed here, were intended to give mariners a sea-view of the harbor and coastline, and were used in conjunction with charts of the corresponding area. Although not in order as one would approach them in real life, these scenes offer the viewer an 18th century glimpse of New York Harbor. These highly artistic depictions were sketched by artists who were part of the surveying crew, and represent a body of work that is not only utilitarian, but also beautiful.

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