A DISPLAY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. TO THE PATRONS OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, IN ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD, THIS PLATE IS MOST RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED, BY THEIR MOST OBEDIENT HUMBLE SERVANT, AMOS DOOLITTLE, NEW HAVEN MAR.H 1ST 1798.

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Amos Doolittle


A Display of the United States of America. To the Patrons of Arts and Sciences, in all parts of the World, this Plate is most respectfully Dedicated, by their most Obedient Humble Servant, Amos Doolittle, New Haven Mar.h 1st 1798.

Copper plate engraving, 1788-98.
Image size 20 1/4 x 16 3/8"(51.4 x 42.3 cm).
Condition is good,, save for several splits and associated short tears. Overall time toning, backed on Japan paper. Faint original handcoloring.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 24349
Price: $30,000.00
Publisher : Printed & Sold by A. Doolittle New Haven Where Engraving & Roling Press printing is performed.
This portrait of Washington with the seals of the original thirteen Colonies and the United States is considered one of the most important portraits of Washington produced. Hart believed the plate was engraved prior to 1788 because in the first state the representations of Rhode Island and North Carolina in Congress are left blank. However, the inscription around the portrait reads “George Washington President of the United States of America,” and Washington was not elected until 1789. In all later states the representations of Rhode Island and North Carolina in Congress are shown.

In the first state Doolittle used James Trenchard’s awkward three-fourths-length portrait of George Washington from the Columbian Magazine of 1787. In all later states, the portrait was changed to resemble the profile portrait of Washington by Joseph Wright. Catalogue of the Engraved Portraits of Washington by Charles Henry Hart describes five states of this print. This impression is not noted but is after the last state noted (Hart #840d 1796).
18th-19th Century Subjects , Portraits , George Washington

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