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Charles Saint-Memin engraving
Charles Saint-Memin engraving

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Item Code: 7345

Medium: original physiognotrace engraving. 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. Plate size: 2 3/4 x 2 5/8 inches (70 x 68 mm). Sheet size: 10 x 7 inches (253 x 177 mm). Printed on cream wove paper; the date of printing of this impression is not known. The inscription reads "Drawn & engraved by St. Memin Philadelphia". Not signed.