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1862 George Washington Engraving by William Edgar Marshall
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $587.50
Engraving on silk of George Washington, executed in 1862, signed in pencil in the bottom right corner by the artist William Edgar Marshall. This piece is especially noteworthy due to the fact that it is an artist's proof and is so labeled by Marshall, who has written "Artist Proof" in pencil directly above his name. Written along the base of the piece, in extremely fine print, is the notation: "Entered according to the act of Congress in the year 1862 by William E. Marshall in the clerk's office of the United States for the Southern District of New York Copyright of photographs secured." William Marshall (1837-1906), whose studio was in New York City, was an artist and engraver of note during the second half of the nineteenth century. A student of Cyrus Durand, he began his career as a vignette engraver for the American Bank Note Company. After a brief period of study in France, he returned to the United States and achieved great success as a portrait painter. Among his most well known works are both a painting and engraving of Abraham Lincoln, done in 1865, and an engraving of Christ. This work exemplifies his extraordinary skill and is a finely rendered image of our first President. The engraving (11.5 x 13.5 inches, image area) has a tear in the right border that has been professionally repaired and does not detract from its tremendous display value; it is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Matted to total dimensions of 22 x 25 inches. This is an impressive, mid-ninteenth century museum-quality work of art that would be perfect for display in any stately den or office setting. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $587.50
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