till, to old residents the view was cognizable.
In 1839 the engraver on steel or wood had to be furnished a sketch or drawing of the scene to be portrayed, and not all artists were expert, as we have already shown.
Some painted on canvas, some pencilled on paper— and some drew on their imagination—and sometimes the engraver added a little for effect.
It is an interesting study to follow the various gradations, as seen in such illustrations, in points of time and process.
In 1851 Frederic Gleason began, in Boston, to publish his famous pictorial weekly.
His illustrations were on a larger scale, engraved on wood, and though the invention of Daguerre was in 1839, there is little evidence of its being employed in the Pictorial.
The tornado of August 23, 1851, is there depicted, the locality being the site of the West Medford postoffice and opposite.
How artists' views might differ can be seen in a view of the same place and occurrence in the Illustrated National Mirror.