Richard Rummell (1848-1924). Lehigh University (1907)
New York publisher Littig & Co. commissioned artist Richard Rummell to create watercolors of some of the most prestigious colleges, universities, and prep schools in the United States. The sepia photogravure of Lehigh shown here is one of the images he created.
The Rummell plates are remarkable for their panoramic views, which were an unusual perspective for college images of the day. Art historians speculate that since the views appear to be drawn from an altitude of about 300 ft., it is likely that the artist worked from a hot air balloon.