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Keffer Collection of Sheet Music,
ca. 1790-1895

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Philadelphia Lithographers: Wild & Chevalier (John Caspar Wild (b. ca. 1804-1846) and J. B. Chevalier)

John Caspar Wild was born in Zurich, Switzerland and moved to Philadelphia around 1831. His first recorded Philadelphia work is a print of the Brandywine battlefield at Chadds Ford published by the firm of J. F. & C. A. Watson in 1834. Wild partnered with another Swiss artist, Charles Fenderich, in the firm of Fenderich & Wild which operated at 215 Callowhill Street from around 1834 to 1836, a year before Fenderich moved to Washington, D. C.

In 1837 Wild joined forces with J. B. Chevalier in the firm of Wild & Chevalier, located at 2 Dock Street. Chevalier acted as business manager of the firm and Wild did the art work. The firm produced twenty-six views of Philadelphia, including four panora mic views of the city from the steeple of the State House. Wild left Philadelphia in 1838, moving first to St. Louis and then in 1845 to Davenport, Iowa. Chevalier continued to work in Philadelphia.

Illustrations by Wild & Chevalier in the Collection

Item No.TitleImprintPlate No.IllustrationThumbnail Image
Box 13
no. 20
Great Western March / arranged and respectfully dedicated to Capt. James Hosken, Commander of the Great Western by Charles Jarvis Philadelphia : Osbourn's Music Saloon, between 1835 and 1842 120 Steamship Great Western / Lith. of Wild & Chevalier Great Western


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