Leon Cogniet. "Washington." New York: James Herring, 1839. Engraving by Jean Nicolas Laugier; signed by Laugier in pencil. 24 3/4 x 20 3/4. Very good condition. Baker: 417.


A handsome print of Washington from the first half of the nineteenth century, highlighting the fashion in American culture for images of George Washington. During his life and following his death, Washington was elevated to national symbol, and his image graced every possible object from water jugs to neckerchiefs. Prints showing Washington were issued during his life-time and pretty much continuously throughout the nineteenth century. This is one of most impressive full-figure engravings produced. This portrait is especially fine, taken from Gilbert Stuart's work from the neck up, but realistically portraying Washington's stature. As his adopted son, George Washington Parke Custis, noted, Cogniet's representation was one of only two extant to capture Washington's "matchless limbs."

Dealer The Philadelphia Print Shop
Date: 1839
Origin New York
Artist/Maker Leon Cogniet
Measurements 24 3/4 x 20 3/4
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Website http://www.philaprintshop.com
Price $2,400
Contact Donald H. Cresswell & Jonathan T. Cresswell, 215-242-4750 or  philaprint@philaprintshop.com

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