Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 65

Price Realized: $ 1,062
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(FOUNDING FATHERS.) Charles Lee, Esq'r, Major General of the Continental-Army in America. Hand-colored mezzotint, 14 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches; moderate wear, laid down on late 19th century board. London: C. Shepherd, 31 October 1775

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Charles Lee (1732-1782) was an early rival to George Washington for leadership of the Continental Army. The engraver is variously attributed as C. Corbutt, R. Purcell, or Johann Martin Will; the original artist is stated to be "Thomlinson." It was one of several mezzotint portraits produced very early in the war by this publisher to meet British demand, along with the "Alexander Campbell" portraits of Washington (see lots 38 and 39) and John Hancock (above). Fowble 66. Provenance: antique dealers Price and Isobel Glover; their Sotheby's sale, 21 January 2018, lot 621 to the consignor.