Rare George Washington Print, c.1800

Rare George Washington Print, c.1800

Currency:USD Category:Collectibles / Historical Memorabilia Start Price:1,200.00 USD Estimated At:2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD
Rare George Washington Print, c.1800
Washington RelatedRare Print After Gilbert Stuart's Famous "Lansdowne" Portrait of Washington !

c. 1800 Print: "GEORGE WASHINGTON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES," After the Lansdowne Painting by Gilbert Stuart, Choice Very Fine.
This uncolored engraving of George Washington measures 21.5" x 14" printed on medium card stock. Sealed hidden surface tear from the inside of Washington's right wrist to the right edge at center, there being a 1" piece of reinforcement paper on the edge selvage, not touching the print itself. Some trivial creases and cracks to the outer margins edges, including the bottom left corner tip, all being well away from the printed areas and which would be covered by a mat, and not seen, when framed for display. Faint pencil identification notation along the extreme bottom edge and even in tone overall. The printed text and designs are sharp and clear. Very Rare!

Engraved after the famous standing portrait painting by Gilbert Stuart, known as the Lansdowne portrait, which was completed just as Washington was about to leave office after serving two terms as President. The painting is known as the Lansdowne Portrait because it was a gift to the Marquis of Lansdowne, an English supporter of American Independence. The print depicts Washington in dark clothes, standing in front of a column and an ornate chair, holding a scabbarded sword in one hand, gesturing towards a table with books, with a draped, open window in the background. Each element in this picture has a symbolic reference. Some say that his hand gesture is a farewell to his term as President, others believe he is gesturing toward a bright future for America. Either way this portrait signifies the power and respect Washington earned while guiding the United States through its early years.

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