Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 42

Price Realized: $ 5,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
(WASHINGTON.) Unknown engraver; after Charles Wilson Peale. His Excellency General Washington / Lady Washington. Hand-colored engraving, 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches; heavy toning, tightly trimmed as usual, with edge wear touching decorative borders, minor dampstaining, laid down on old board. Np, 1780s?

Additional Details

These portraits were apparently issued before Washington's election to the presidency. "Plainly early American work, and the only two copies I have seen were found in the interior of Pennsylvania. Both copies have been clipped"--Hart 47. One institutional copy traced, at the Boston Athenaeum (separated into two prints); none traced at auction. Provenance: purchased from New York dealer G.K.S. Bush in 1983 as a Christmas gift, per note on frame.