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Charles Saint-Memin engraving "Doctor Thornton" 1804
Charles Saint-Memin engraving Doctor Thornton 1804


 
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Item Code: 7342

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Medium: original physiognotrace engraving, 1804. This is one of the delightful engravings executed by French artist Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Memin, who was famous for his portraits of important Americans of the of the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. Saint Memin pioneered a technique called Physiognotrace (or Physionotrace) Engraving which produced remarkably lifelike portraits before the advent of photography. The plate measures 3 3/4 x 2 5/8 inches. Printed on cream wove paper, the full sheet is 9 3/4 x 7 inches (see the second photo). Not signed.

Condition: there is an old water stain in the margin, not affecting the image.