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Charles Saint-Memin engraving "Joseph Parker" 1799
Charles Saint-Memin engraving Joseph Parker 1799

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Item Code: 7344

Medium: original physiognotrace engraving, 1799. 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 5/8 inches. Printed on cream wove paper, the full sheet size is 9 3/4 x 7 inches. The inscription reads "Drawn by Valdenuit & engraved by St. Memin New York". The date of printing of this impression is not known. A previous owner's annotation at the bottom of the sheet identifies the subject of this portrait.