Treatment FOCUS: A Surprise Revelation
A couple from the Philadelphia area was wandering through the shops in London’s Kensington district, perusing old maps and prints, when the two came across a piece of history that reminded them of home: an aquatint and etching by T. Cartwright called Philadelphia, from the Great Tree at Kensington.
The “Great Tree” was a large elm along the Delaware River, near what is now the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. In November 1682, shortly after founding Pennsylvania, William Penn and other Quaker settlers met with Native American leaders underneath the elm to agree on a Treaty of Amity and Friendship. No written record of the treaty exists, but many artists have referenced it in the centuries since. One such artist was George Beck, whose painting of the treaty’s setting was issued as a print in 1801 by Atkins & Nightingale of London.