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Tuesday 21 December 2021

William Edgar Marshall’s engraving, “George Washington”, 1862, after Gilbert Stuart

William Edgar Marshall (1837–1906)

George Washington”, 1862, after Gilbert Stuart’s (1755–1828) unfinished 1796 portrait in the Boston Athenaeum—I understand that Stuart made more than 60 copies of this portrait and in 1869 it served as design for the American one-dollar note (see—published in Boston by Ticknor & Fields (1831–) and printed as a proof on India paper by the National Bank Note Company (1861–1872).

Interestingly, I understand that a copy of this engraving hung at Ford’s Theatre (Washington, D.C.) below the President’s box on the evening of April 14, 1865, when President Lincoln was assassinated (see

Engraving and etching on tissue-thin India paper, trimmed with a narrow margin around the image borderline and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (support sheet) 56.4 x 43.5 cm; (sheet); 35.4 x 30.1 cm; (image borderline) 34.6 x 29.2 cm.

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression trimmed close to the image borderline and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper that provides a wide margin. There are many small spots of watercolour retouching but they are virtually invisible.

I am selling this famous engraving—a masterwork of engraving based on the incredible fineness of its execution—for AU$349 (currently US$248.81/EUR220.66/GBP187.75 at the time of posting this print) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this historically important engraving, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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