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Lot 238: Rare Revolutionary War Engraving of George Washington
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Rare Revolutionary War Engraving of George Washington
c. 1775 American Revolutionary War Era, General George Washington Engraved Portrait, "Washington General Dans L'Armee Des Americains," Framed, Choice Very Fine.
A fine quality Engraved Portrait of George Washington, measures about 5" x 7.5" (by sight) in modern wood frame 8" x 10". It bears no artist's signature but possible traceable to "Alexander Campbell," a pseudonym of an artist or artists who created engraved portraits of Washington which were published in London in 1775. This is a 3/4-length portrait of Washington, shown dressed in his military uniform with cocked hat, pointing to a battle in the right distance, right hand upon hip. Inscription reads, "Washington General Dans L'Armee Des Americains." We date this image to 1775, however a pencil notation in lower left reads 1787, as does a label on verso. Image in very fine condition with some light foxing, confined mostly to the lower portion with the inscription. An impressive, classic early image of George Washington.