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, Americana, Engraving, Gallery Updates, Mixed-Media, Prints

The 4th of July

The Old Print Gallery will be closed tomorrow, July 4th, for Independence Day. Have a safe and happy holiday celebrating with friends and family!

The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America. : July 4th 1776.  Mixed-media engraving, hand colored, 1858. Published by Goupil & Cie., Paris. Engraved by Alexander Jazet, with the additional imprint of M. Knoedler & Co., New York. Jazet's engraving is a particularly skilled and handsome print adaptation of Trumbull's famous painting. Image size 13 3/4 x 23 3/8. LINK.

The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America. : July 4th 1776. Mixed-media engraving, hand colored, 1858. Published by Goupil & Cie., Paris. Engraved by Alexander Jazet, with the additional imprint of M. Knoedler & Co., New York. Jazet’s engraving is a particularly skilled and handsome print adaptation of Trumbull’s famous painting. Image size 13 3/4 x 23 3/8. LINK.

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18th Century Prints, 19th Century Prints, Copperplate, Engraving, Lithograph, Mezzotint, Portraits, Prints

Benjamin Franklin Portraits

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) is considered to be one of the greatest of all of our founding fathers. A highly intelligent man, over his lifetime he was an able scientist, a writer, printer, and publisher. He was one of the most successful diplomats that the United States ever had. During the Revolutionary War, he acted as American Minister to France, successfully gaining French support for the American cause. He was also the only person who signed all four of the key documents in American history: The Declaration of Independence; The Treaty of Alliance with France; The Treaty of Peace with Great Britain; and The Constitution of the United States.

Below are several portraits of Benjamin Franklin. Some artists chose to portray him as a scientist, some as a political figure, but all are stately and handsome portraits of this fine leader.

B. Franklin of Philadelphia.  L.L.D. F.R.S. By Benjamin Wilson. Mezzotint engraving, 1761. Engraved by James McArdell (1728-1765). Second state of two. The painter, Wilson, was also an experimenter with electricity. He met Franklin soon after his arrival in London and received Franklin commissions to paint family members. Here Franklin is depicted with a book titled "Electric Expts."  A static-electricity machine (the glass globe on a table) appears at right. To the rear a boldtof lightning flashes dtrikes down toward a distant city.

B. Franklin of Philadelphia. L.L.D. F.R.S. By Benjamin Wilson. Mezzotint engraving, 1761. Engraved by James McArdell (1728-1765). Second state of two. The painter, Wilson, was also an experimenter with electricity. He met Franklin soon after his arrival in London and received Franklin commissions to paint family members. Here Franklin is depicted with a book titled “Electric Expts.” A static-electricity machine (the glass globe on a table) appears at right. To the rear a bolt of lightning flashes strikes down toward a distant city. LINK.

Benjamin Franklin. From a painting by Greuze, at the Boston Athanaeum formerly owned by Jefferson. By Joseph-Silfrede Duplessis. Lith & Published by S.W. Chandler & Bro. 204 Washington St. Boston. Lithograph, 1854. The original painting for this print was originally owned by Thomas Jefferson. After Jefferson's death, it was sold to the Boston Athenaeum. Jefferson's originally attributed the painting to the artist Jean-Baptiste Greuze. It was later re-attributed to Joseph-Silfrede Duplessis. LINK.

Benjamin Franklin. By Joseph-Silfrede Duplessis. Lith & Published by S.W. Chandler & Bro. 204 Washington St. Boston. Lithograph, 1854. The original painting for this print was originally owned by Thomas Jefferson. After Jefferson’s death, it was sold to the Boston Athenaeum. Jefferson’s originally attributed the painting to the artist Jean-Baptiste Greuze. It was later re-attributed to Joseph-Silfrede Duplessis. LINK.

Benjamin Franklin L.L.D. Envoy from the American Congress to the French Court. From "An Impartial History of the War in America", London. Copper plate engraving, 1780. LINK.

Benjamin Franklin L.L.D. Envoy from the American Congress to the French Court. From “An Impartial History of the War in America”, London. Copper plate engraving, 1780. LINK.

Benjamin Franklin.   The Statesman and Philosopher. 152. Published by N. Currier, New York. Lithograph hand colored, 1847. No. 44 of the "Best 50" small-folio Currier and Ives lithographs. One of America's most important colonial figures, Franklin is depicted in white stock and full-trimmed coat. Around him is a decorative gilded frame surmounted with the American eagle. LINK.

Benjamin Franklin. The Statesman and Philosopher. 152. Published by N. Currier, New York. Lithograph hand colored, 1847. No. 44 of the “Best 50” small-folio Currier and Ives lithographs. One of America’s most important colonial figures, Franklin is depicted in white stock and full-trimmed coat. Around him is a decorative gilded frame surmounted with the American eagle. LINK.

D. Benjamin Franklin, et vita inter Americanos acta, et magnis electricitatis periculis clarus. Engraved by Johann Elias Haid. Mezzotint engraving, 1778. The scarce first version of Haid's mezzotint portrait of Benjamin Franklin. Haid made two portraits of Franklin using the same title and engraved pedestal surround. The this is the first and was based on the painting by Benjamin Wilson. The later mezzotint by Haid depicts Franklin in his fir hat. LINK.

D. Benjamin Franklin, et vita inter Americanos acta, et magnis electricitatis periculis clarus. Engraved by Johann Elias Haid. Mezzotint engraving, 1778. The scarce first version of Haid’s mezzotint portrait of Benjamin Franklin. Haid made two portraits of Franklin using the same title and engraved pedestal surround. The this is the first and was based on the painting by Benjamin Wilson. The later mezzotint by Haid depicts Franklin in his fur hat. LINK.

D. Benjamin Franklin, et vita inter Americanos acta, et magnis electricitatis periculis clarus. By Charles-Nicolas  Cochin.  Engraved by Johann Elias Haid. Mezzotint engraving, 1780.  A handsome and scarce portrait engraved by Haid (1739-1809). This mezzotint is the later of two oval portraits  engraved by Haid of Franklin. LINK.

D. Benjamin Franklin, et vita inter Americanos acta, et magnis electricitatis periculis clarus. By Charles-Nicolas Cochin. Engraved by Johann Elias Haid. Mezzotint engraving, 1780. A handsome and scarce portrait engraved by Haid (1739-1809). This mezzotint is the later of two oval portraits engraved by Haid of Franklin. LINK.

Benjamin Franklin. Printed by J. Neale. Mezzotint, c. 1790. LINK.

Benjamin Franklin. Printed by J. Neale. Mezzotint, c. 1790.A handsome portrait of Franklin, shown seated among books, papers, and a globe.  LINK.

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