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Charles Saint-Memin engraving "William Edward" 1802
Charles Saint-Memin engraving William Edward 1802


 
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Item Code: 7343

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Medium: original physiognotrace engraving, 1802. 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 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches. Printed on cream wove paper, the full sheet is 9 3/4 x 7 inches (see the second photo). The inscription reads "Drawn & engraved by St. Memin Philadelphia". A previous owner's annotation at the bottom of the sheet identifies the subject of this portrait.

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