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Past/Present: Calligraphic Memorials

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Today we are sharing a Past/Present post of engraved memorials to Washington. After Washington’s death in 1799, many engravers and publishers rushed to create prints of Washington’s likeness for the grieving populace. Washington “had played such a central role in the extraordinary events of a quarter century that his death was an event of great emotional consequence in America, affecting the very identity of the nation… In honoring Washington the nation was honoring its own history” (Wick, 70). The memorial prints served to remember Washington for his accomplishments, great vision, and character, and to urge the populace to emulate the traits of their lost leader. The engravers surrounded their portraits with poems, allegorical elements, and symbols of the man’s greatness as well as the rich imagery found in mourning art- the obelisk, urn, angels, and weeping figures. The prints shown in today’s post are beautifully ornate calligraphic portraits of the lost leader.

The earlier print is a calligraphic copper engraving, designed, written, and published by Benjamin O. Tyler, professor of penmanship, New York, 1817. It was engraved by Peter Maverick, a copper and steel engraver based in Newark. The print has a stipple oval portrait of Washington in center of an elegiac poem, angels, and masonic symbols of a shining sun and book held open by a square and compass. Above the portrait, two ovals encompass the words: ‘Tho’ shrin’d in dust, great WASHINGTON now lies, The Memory of his Deeds shall ever bloom; Twin’d with proud Laurels, shall the Olive rise, And wave unfading o’er his Honor’d Tomb.” and “To him ye Nations yield eternal FAME, First on th’ Heroic list enroll his Name; High on th’ ensculptur’d marble let him stand, The undaunted Hero of his native land.”  Below his portrait reads: “Gen. George Washington departed this life Decr. 14th. 1799 AE 67. And the tears of a NATION watered his grave.

The second print is calligraphic engraving by John I. Donlevy, intaglio-chromographic and electrographic engraver. Originally issued by Donlevy in 1838, this is a second state published c. 1870. Within an elaborate oval penmanship border is a stipple-engraved portrait of Washington. The portrait is based on Stuart’s Athenaeum painting, with the bust done in swirls.  The lettering is executed in the typical variety of styles with cursive flourishes, shadows, italics, and blackletter. Above the portraits is an engraved eagle, with laurel and the American flag in its beak and arrows clutched in its talons. 

Image on the Top: Eulogium Sacred to the Memory of the Illustrious George Washington, Columbia’s Great and Successful Son: Honored Be His Name. By Benjamin O. Tyler. Published by Benjamin O. Tyler, New York. Engraved by Peter Maverick. Line and stipple copper engraving, 1817 . Image size 16 1/4 x 20 1/2″  plus margins. LINK.

Image on the Bottom: Sacred to the Memory of the Illustrious Champion of Liberty, General George Washington; First President of the United States of America. By John I. Donlevy. Published by John I. Donlevy. Calligraphic and stipple engraving, 1838, (c.1870). Platemark 16 1/2 x 13 7/8″. LINK.

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New Additions: Decorative Lettering

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSWe recently added several beautiful prints from an 1880 engraved book of penmanship and lettering. Each page offers sumptuous script examples, ranging from the traditional to the ornate to the quirky. Lettering has a long tradition in books and prints- some of the earliest examples of ornamental script come from medieval and renaissance illuminated manuscripts. In the Victorian era, penmanship, calligraphy, and decorative lettering were taught in schools. Publications like this one gave interested students of script examples of lavish and lush type. The prints featured today are typographic gems, with the slightly slopping letters of calligraphy mixed in with  blocky, Gothic blackletter examples. A true gem is the print of two “Rustic Alphabets”, designed by Daniel T. Ames and Charles Rollinson. Curled leaves and twisted tree trunks transform into lower and uppercase alphabet letters, which are populated with small, sweet birds flying from letter to letter. We also added several engraved certificates, which are prime examples of vintage handwritten script and engraved decorative elements co-existing on one page. Hope you enjoy!

Specimens. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 x 8 1/2" (282 x 218 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A page of examples of lettering. Good condition. LINK.

Specimens. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 x 8 1/2″ (282 x 218 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A page of examples of lettering. Good condition. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Specimens. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 x 8 1/2" (282 x 218 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A page of examples of lettering. Good condition. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Specimens. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 x 8 1/2″ (282 x 218 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A page of examples of lettering. Good condition. LINK.

Designs for Book Marking.  Page 44. Engraving, 1880.Image size 11 1/2 x 9" (295 x 230 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  Four examples of ornately lettered book markers. LINK.

Designs for Book Marking. Page 44. Engraving, 1880.Image size 11 1/2 x 9″ (295 x 230 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. Four examples of ornately lettered book markers. LINK.

Rustic Alphabet by Daniel T. Ames.  Rustic Alphabet by Charles Rollinson. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 1/2 x 8 3/4" (294 x 225 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  Two decorative alphabets are pictured. LINK.

Rustic Alphabet by Daniel T. Ames. Rustic Alphabet by Charles Rollinson. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 1/2 x 8 3/4″ (294 x 225 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. Two decorative alphabets are pictured. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Rustic Alphabet by Daniel T. Ames.  Rustic Alphabet by Charles Rollinson. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 1/2 x 8 3/4" (294 x 225 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  Two decorative alphabets are pictured. LINK.

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Rustic Alphabet by Daniel T. Ames. Rustic Alphabet by Charles Rollinson. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 1/2 x 8 3/4″ (294 x 225 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. Two decorative alphabets are pictured. LINK.

Souvenir....   Page 48. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 1/2 x 8 1/2" (268 x 217 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A page of words and letters in ornate lettering styles. LINK.

Souvenir…. Page 48. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 1/2 x 8 1/2″ (268 x 217 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A page of words and letters in ornate lettering styles. LINK.

(DETAIL OF)  Souvenir....   Page 48. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 1/2 x 8 1/2" (268 x 217 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A page of words and letters in ornate lettering styles. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Souvenir…. Page 48. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 1/2 x 8 1/2″ (268 x 217 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A page of words and letters in ornate lettering styles. LINK.

I.O.O.F. Grand Encampment State of New York... City of Rochester Aug. 24th 1876...Francis Rogers... Engraving, 1876. Image size 11 1/8 x 9" oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A certificate of thanks to Francis Rogers for the "courteous manner in which he discharged his duties" as the Grand Patriarch. LINK.

I.O.O.F. Grand Encampment State of New York… City of Rochester Aug. 24th 1876…Francis Rogers. Engraving, 1876. Image size 11 1/8 x 9″ oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A certificate of thanks to Francis Rogers for the “courteous manner in which he discharged his duties” as the Grand Patriarch. LINK.

(DETAIL OF)  I.O.O.F. Grand Encampment State of New York... City of Rochester Aug. 24th 1876...Francis Rogers... Engraving, 1876. Image size 11 1/8 x 9" oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A certificate of thanks to Francis Rogers for the "courteous manner in which he discharged his duties" as the Grand Patriarch. LINK.

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I.O.O.F. Grand Encampment State of New York… City of Rochester Aug. 24th 1876…Francis Rogers… Engraving, 1876. Image size 11 1/8 x 9″ oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A certificate of thanks to Francis Rogers for the “courteous manner in which he discharged his duties” as the Grand Patriarch. LINK.

(DETAIL OF)  I.O.O.F. Grand Encampment State of New York... City of Rochester Aug. 24th 1876...Francis Rogers... Engraving, 1876. Image size 11 1/8 x 9" oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A certificate of thanks to Francis Rogers for the "courteous manner in which he discharged his duties" as the Grand Patriarch. LINK.

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I.O.O.F. Grand Encampment State of New York… City of Rochester Aug. 24th 1876…Francis Rogers… Engraving, 1876. Image size 11 1/8 x 9″ oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A certificate of thanks to Francis Rogers for the “courteous manner in which he discharged his duties” as the Grand Patriarch. LINK.

City of New York... Hon. Jordan L. Mott... Board of Aldermen... Jan. 5th, 1880... Engraving,1880. Image size 11 1/8 x 9" oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A certificate of thanks for service as an alderman in 1879. LINK.

City of New York… Hon. Jordan L. Mott… Board of Aldermen… Jan. 5th, 1880. Engraving,1880. Image size 11 1/8 x 9″ oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A certificate of thanks for service as an alderman in 1879. LINK.

Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title)  Page 41. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8" (255 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  An exquisitely decorative alphabet is pictured. LINK.

Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title) Page 41. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8″ (255 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. An exquisitely decorative alphabet is pictured. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title)  Page 41. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8" (255 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  An exquisitely decorative alphabet is pictured. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title) Page 41. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8″ (255 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. An exquisitely decorative alphabet is pictured. LINK.

Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title)  Page 43. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8" (225 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A decorative alphabet with very ornamental letters below. LINK.

Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title) Page 43. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8″ (225 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A decorative alphabet with very ornamental letters below. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title)  Page 43. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8" (225 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A decorative alphabet with very ornamental letters below. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title) Page 43. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8″ (225 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A decorative alphabet with very ornamental letters below. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title)  Page 43. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8" (225 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A decorative alphabet with very ornamental letters below. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title) Page 43. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8″ (225 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A decorative alphabet with very ornamental letters below. LINK.

 

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