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George Washington.

  • ARTIST: H. Corbould

  • PUBLISHER: Published by Colnaghi & Son, London.

  • MEDIUM: Stipple engraving; black and white,

    DATE: 1827.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 12 1/8 x 4 1/2" (31 x 11.5 cm). Plate size 17 3/4 x 12 3/4, plus margins.

  • DESCRIPTION: Engraved by J. Thomson. This engraving is based on a statue of George Washington by Chantrey, which is currently located in the Massachusetts State House. The face is modeled from Stuart’s portrait of Washington. The right hand clutches a scrolled manuscript, the left hand hold the ample folds of a cloak. The original statue is 7 feet in height. An engraved signature of Chantrey is in the publication line. Sir Francis Chantrey (1781–1841) was an English sculptor. He became the leading portrait sculptor in the Regency era of Britain, producing busts and statues of many notable figures of the time. Chantrey developed a procedure of making a portrait sculpture in which he would begin by making two life-sized drawings of his sitter's head, one full-face and one in profile, with the aid of a camera lucida. His assistants would then make a clay model based on the drawings, to which Chantry would add the finishing touches in front of the sitter. A plaster cast would be made of the clay model, and then a marble replica made of that.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Black and white. Wide margins.

  • CONDITION: Good condition, save flattened horizontal crease in middle of sheet.


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