19th Century Prints, Americana, Engraving, Portraits, Prints, Stipple

Rare Jefferson Portrait Added to Inventory

Thomas Jefferson, Esq. President of the United States. After a painting by Rembrandt Peale. Engraved by Enoch G. Gridley, State St. Boston.  Undated, circa 1801. Stipple engraving. Image size 11 1/4 x 9 inches (28.5 x 22.9 cm) plus margins. LINK.

Thomas Jefferson, Esq. President of the United States. After a painting by Rembrandt Peale. Engraved by Enoch G. Gridley, State St. Boston.  Undated, circa 1801. Stipple engraving. Image size 11 1/4 x 9 inches (28.5 x 22.9 cm) plus margins. LINK.

We recently added to the OPG inventory a rare, early American engraving of a key figure in our nation’s history, Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson (1743- 1826) was the Vice President under Madison and the third president of the U.S. ( from 1801–1809). Jefferson was one of the founding fathers of the Revolution. He was also the chief architect of the Declaration of Independence.

This particular print is extremely rare with only a few examples known.  The print is based on Rembrandt Peale’s portrait painted in 1800. It is a very close copy of a portrait that was engraved by David Edwin and published by John Savage in 1800 (while Jefferson was Vice President) and again in 1803 (while Jefferson was President) . Little is known about the engraver of this portrait, Enoch G. Gridley. Most references list him working in New York, then on to Philadelphia. This is the only known engraving by him that notes Boston as a location. This is also one of the larger plates that he produced. Most of the works that he produced were small, book plate sized.

REF: Stauffer – Fielding, American Engravers, supplement #531.

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19th Century Prints, Engraving, Lithograph, Past/Present, Portraits, Prints

Past/Present: Presidents of the United States

Today we have two prints of American presidents, one published in 1842 and one published forty-seven years later in 1889. The older print is a decorative arrangement of the first ten American presidents, from George Washington to John Tyler. The 1889 print is an impression from the black stone of an untitled, unfinished color lithograph, depicting 23 presidents, from George Washington to Benjamin Harrison.  The older print is very ornate, decorated with flags, a stately eagle, and fine, flowery script.  In contrast, 1883 print is more austere and informative. We hope you enjoy!

Image on Left: Presidents of the United States.  By Thomas Illman. Engraving, 1842.

Image on Right: [Presidents of the United States].  Published by Bufford Litho. Company.  Lithograph, c.1889.

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