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Thomas Jefferson, Esq. President of the United States.

  • ARTIST: Rembrandt Peale

  • MEDIUM: Stipple engraving,

    DATE: c.1801.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 11 1/4 x 9 inches (28.5 x 22.9 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: E. G. Gridley Sc. State St. Boston. Thomas Jefferson (1743- 1826) was the Vice President under John Adams and the third president of the United States (1801–1809). Jefferson was one of the founding fathers of the Revolution. He was also the chief architect of the Declaration of Independence. Little is known about the engraver Enoch G. Gridley. Most references list him in New York than on to Philadelphia. This is the only known engraving by him that notes Boston as a location. 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 (Vice President) and again (President) in 1803. This is also one of the larger plates that he produced. Most of the works that he produced were small, book plate sized.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Printed on laid paper.

  • CONDITION: Generally good condition. Tear in title margin and several short tears in margins. Two proceed 1/8" into the image in the upper margin.

  • REFERENCE: Stauffer - Fielding, American Engravers, supplement #531.

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