Large period engravings of Thomas Jefferson are rarely seen in the general market, yet the market seems to have an endless array of small engravings, almost all of which were cannibalized from books. In over forty years of collecting I have only acquired five large engravings. Amongst my collecting colleagues, I am unaware of anyone with more.
This one is published by William Smith of Philadelphia, working between 1865 and 1876. It is a black and white stone lithograph.
A “printer’s remainder” of these lithographs descended to a William Smith heir, who appeared in Charlottesville in the 1990s. All were purchased locally. This is one from that collection. The condition of this print is mint, bright, clear, and pristine.
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