SAVANNAH, Ga. – A copy of the first printed view of Savannah leads the lineup at Everard Auctions on Tuesday, October 17 and Wednesday, October 18. The catalogs are now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers (October 17, October 18).
The ‘Peter Gordon’ View of Savanah as it Stood the 29th of March, 1734 illustrates Georgia colony founder General James E. Oglethorpe’s original plan of the city. Known from almost every reference book on Georgia history, the bird’s-eye view differs from other colonial maps in its detailed interpretation of the wilderness that surrounds the settlement.
Five men were involved in its production, including Oglethorpe, the surveyor Noble Jones and Peter Gordon (1697-1740), who was chosen to deliver it to George Jones in London, where it was engraved by Paul Fourdrinier.
Only 11 such maps are known to exist in public museums, with a few others in private hands. It is being offered with a $70,000-$90,000 estimate and a starting bid of $50,000. It was consigned from the estate of Elizabeth Oxnard (1955-2022).
Among the best-known mid-19th-century views of Savannah is the 1855 lithograph printed by Endicott & Co. after a drawing by John William Hill. The view showing Robert Launitz’s Pulaski monument in Monterey Square and the surrounding area carries the inscription To the Citizens of Savannah This Picture is Most Respectfully Dedicated by the Publisher. This copy, with an original 1969 sales receipt for $500, is estimated at $15,000-$25,000.
In addition, a selection of 18th- and 20th-century oils have been consigned from a private collection in Bluffton, South Carolina.
Edward Dufner (1872-1957), who developed his Impressionistic style studying in Paris, returned to the U.S. in 1903 to teach at the Art Students League both in Buffalo and New York City. He spent most of his summers painting in Caldwell, New Jersey – the likely subject of his tranquil oil A Morning in June, showing two girls in conversation under a willow by a river. It has an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.
Edmund Osthaus (1858-1928), who settled in Ohio after training in his native Germany, is best known as an artist of canine and sporting subjects. His work is collected by hunters, sportsmen and dog fanciers around the world. Appearing in the Everard sale is his English Setter, entered with a $10,000-$15,000 estimate. The work was first owned by Frederick Trost, a photographer who was a friend of Osthaus and fellow members of the Toledo Tile Club, an artist club formed in 1895. Trost was a photographer and owned Van Loos-Trost Photography Studio.
Of special interest to motoring enthusiasts is an extremely rare 1937 Original Test Drive Manuscript produced for the original Volkswagen. This report, regarding one of the first prototypes of Ferdinand Porshe’s Beetle, includes 31 mounted original photographs and numerous illustrations and diagrams. From a run of only 50 numbered copies, it has an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.