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  • American Revolution
    Champlain and the St Lawrence River It consisted primarily of fortifications The British built ships there for use on Lake Champlain Brig Gen Richard Montgomery led an attack on the fort capturing it in November 1775 but the British retook St John s the following year 850 John Singleton Copley The Siege and Relief of Gibraltar London John Singleton Copley 1810 22 3 4 x 32 1 4 image Engraved by William Sharp Hand color Minor mat burn just inside plate mark not affecting image Several minor tears in margins expertly repaired Faint water stain in bottom margin Strong impression with vivid hand color Conserved Stable Good condition Brown 17 A large and dramatic print by the well known American artist John Singleton Copley 1738 1815 Copley a Boston native flourished as a portrait artist in the colonies before he settled in London in 1775 and focused on the painting of historical scenes Copley was a master at painting heroic multi figure compositions This print depicts the defeat of the Spanish floating batteries at Gibraltar during the Great Siege of Gibraltar The Governor of Gibraltar General George Augustus Eliott is on horseback pointing to defeated Spanish The painting is based on the unsuccessful attempt by Spain and France to capture Gibraltar from the British during the War of American Independence Following the battle the City of London commissioned Copley in 1783 to depict the victory Twenty seven years later Copley personally published this large print based on his large oil painting An excellent example of English battle art of this period 1 800 John Francis Renault The British surrendering their Arms to Gen Washington after their defeat at York Town in Virginia October 1781 To the Defenders of American Independence this print is most respectfully inscribed by their Fellow Citizen Jn Fcis Renault Philadelphia Tanner Vallance Kearny Co 1819 20 1 4 x 32 3 4 Engraving by Tanner Vallance Kearny Co and Wm Allen Full hand color Narrow margins at top and sides but trimmed to platemark at bottom Chip at top left corner into image repaired tears and small loss upper left quadrant other breaks near bottom center Toning in bottom margin at left and right Professionally conserved Framed Fielding 1567 American Battle Art 29 A rare and fascinating group portrait allegory of the surrender of the British at Yorktown Renault was assistant secretary to Count de Grasse commander of the French navy at Yorktown and he was involved as an engineer at the siege As with many other Frenchmen Renault was inspired by the nation whose independence he helped win thus this grand image is his homage to that nation and its ideals The participants for both sides are depicted across the foreground the central focus of which is Cornwallis in the act of handing his sword to Washington These portraits are surrounded by a plethora of allegorical symbols In the background soldiers and citizens can be seen in a field and to the right a village on a hill To the left is a neo classical victory column and a funeral urn inscribed with the names of war heroes and surrounded by muses and a cherub holding a copy of the Declaration of Independence To the right is an image of a goddess wearing the cap of liberty and striking down her foes with lightning bolts However there are some historical inaccuracies Cornwallis did not participate in the surrender ceremonies due to illness The Irish General O Hara led the conquered army carrying Cornwallis sword O Hara offered the sword to fellow European Comte de Rochambeau who waved him toward Washington Washington in turn pointed to a subordinate who had been designated to receive the surrender and the sword was therefore handed to General Lincoln who the year before had surrendered his own sword at Charleston The print was beautifully engraved by the Philadelphia firm of Tanner Vallance Kearney which was in business only from 1819 to 1823 This print must have been one of their first efforts Their primary business was the engraving of banknotes The firm was reasonably prosperous but ended with the death of one of its partners John Vallance in 1823 The remaining prints were turned over to Tanner s brother Benjamin who had an engraving shop of his own and he offered them for sale through an advertisement placed in a New England newspaper in 1824 It is not known if Benjamin Tanner acquired the original plate and printed copies of his own Such a large elaborate allegory on the Revolution and its ideals would have been well understood by the public at the time Few would have been able to afford such a large engraving but its message spoke to all Americans This beautifully engraved print is a superb example of art inspired by the rousing ideals and dreams of our nascent nation 6 500 Erklarung der Unaghangikeit The Declaration of Independence Reading Pennsylvania Carl M Williams 1826 Printed in German on silk by H B Sage 21 1 2 by 17 Some silk missing at bottom margin into the image Not listed in Collins Threads of History As the 50th anniversary of the Declaration approached many reproductions in various styles were produced In 1819 Philadelphian John Binns published one such reproduction with the text and facsimiles of the signatures surrounded by an oval of images the arms of the United States and portraits of Washington Hancock and Jefferson to the top and the arms of the thirteen states around the sides and bottom In 1825 Charles McWilliams of Reading published a version based on Binns and printed by George Getz with vignettes of agricultural implements Liberty seated alongside a cornucopia and emblems of shipping and commerce replacing the portraits In 1826 this German version of the McWilliams print with letterpress names replacing signatures was printed on silk by Heinrich B Sage a well known Pennsylvania German printer 3 600 John Blake White Gen Marion in his swamp encampment inviting

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  • Prints and Maps of the War of 1812
    Historical Societies This print is a good example of Chappel s work 75 Portraits of U S Naval Officers Much of the action in the War of 1812 was naval and the young American navy acquitted itself remarkably well against the British who had the greatest navy in the world at the time The officers of the American navy some who had seen action in the Revolution became great heroes so it is not surprising that portraits were issued of them in popular magazines The following portraits are all octavo sized on paper ca 8 1 2 x 5 1 4 and they are all in very good condition except as noted Bust portraits of Bainbridge Lawrence Decatur Porter and Macdonough Ca 1814 5 3 4 x 3 Stipple engraving by Reid Stiles 85 Wm Henry Allen Esq late of the United States Navy Vignette portrait Stipple by David Edwin Stauffer 700 125 Stuart William Bainbridge Esq of the United States Navy From The Port Folio Philadelphia December 1813 Stipple by David Edwin Stauffer 7093 William Bainbridge 1774 1833 as commander of the Constitution captured the Java 125 Gilbert Stuart William Bainbridge Esqr of the United States Navy From The Analectic Magazine 1813 3 5 8 x 3 Stipple engraving by David Edwin 125 Wood Richard Dale Esq late of the United States Navy From The Port Folio Philadelphia June 1814 Stipple by David Edwin Stauffer 743 Richard Dale 1756 1826 served as 1st Lieutenant under John Paul Jones on the Bon Homme Richard 125 Captn M C J D Elliott U S Navy M C is crossed out in ink portrait is of Jesse Duncan Elliott From The Port Folio Philadelphia December 1813 Stipple by David Edwin Stauffer 757 i Jesse Duncan Elliott 1782 1845 was involved in a number of actions during the war including the Battle of Lake Erie where he commanded the Niagara 125 Gilbert Stuart James Lawrence Esqr Late of the United States Navy From The Analectic Magazine Philadelphia December 1813 3 5 8 x 3 Engraving by William Rollinson Very good condition 175 Jarvis Thomas MacDonough Esq of the United States Navy From The Analectic Magazine Philadelphia 1815 3 7 8 x 3 1 4 Engraving by Gimbrede Time toned else very good condition 125 Lieut John T Shubrick late of the United States Navy 1815 Stipple by Gimbrede He served on Chesapeake Leopard Incident Constitution Hornet and United States 125 J Jarvis Commodore Bainbridge New York P Maverick 1820 8 3 4 x 7 1 2 image plus full margins Line engraving by Peter Maverick Some light age spotting and three small ticks from the original printing Conserved Stauffer 2183 The National Portrait Gallery in Washington has an engraving by Asher B Durand of the same size after Jarvis portrait William Bainbridge 1774 1833 served in the American merchant marine in his early career and entered the U S Navy in 1798 anticipating the quasi war with France He became famous in 1803

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  • Prints of the Mexican-American War (1846-47)
    war ended with the acquisition of huge new territories for the United States Though often overshadowed in our histories by the Civil War in 1846 47 the Mexican War captured the attention of the public and this naturally led to a large demand for prints and maps showing the events and personages involved in the war Following is a list of contemporary images of the Mexican American war Go to a short history of the war Popular Lithographs All prints are small folio ca 8 x 12 inches lithographs with original hand color Margins and condition are very good unless noted otherwise Go to discussion of significance of popular lithographs of the Mexican American war Battle of Buena Vista Genl Taylor at the Battle of Buena Vista Who from a hill in the vicinity saw with exultation his Spartan Band successfully repel the last charge of the terror stricken Mex icans New York Sarony Major 1847 8 3 8 x 12 Remargined at left and right Else very good condition 375 Mexico City Genl Scott s Grand Entry into the City of Mexico Sept 14th 1847 New York J Baillie 1848 8 x 12 1 8 Light soiling at margin

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  • Prints and Maps of the Spanish-American-Philippine Wars
    fire and he considered their position in danger On July 3 the Spanish Squadron attempted to escape the harbor which was being blockaded by the American Fleet commanded by Admiral Sampson The Spanish fleet was no match for the American five battleships and two armored cruisers The campaign was a huge triumph for the modern United States Navy This print designed as a panorama to show the scope of the engagement was issued not long after the battle Names for both the American and Spanish ships are indicated Below the image in the bottom margin are numerous oval portraits of the American and Spanish captains of the ships that took part in the battle This print was originally issued in two editions One an Artist Proof which was offered on canvas and other the Regular Proof Edition This print is the latter edition A copy of the advertisement for the print accompanies this print A very dramatic and stirring view of the battle 850 Prints by Kurz Allison Chicago 1898 99 Chromolithographs Very good condition except as noted The Chicago firm of Kurz Allison is well known for its production of commemorative prints of American historical scenes Founded in 1885 the firm s avowed purpose was to design for large scale establishments of all kinds and in originating and placing on the market artistic and fancy prints of the most elaborate workmanship Elaborate they certainly were the majority of their prints being bright and dramatic with action throughout the image Drawn in a broad graphic style that developed from Kurz s background as a muralist these prints have a striking appearance that makes them not only interesting historical images but also excellent decorative prints While their Civil War prints are probably the most famous their images of the Spanish American war were issued contemporaneously with the events part of public fascination with this splendid little war Destruction of the U S Battleship Maine in Havana Harbor February 15th 1898 9 40 P M 1898 8 3 8 x 13 1 4 550 Surrender of Admiral Cervera July 3rd 1898 on board the Battleship Iowa 1898 Uncolored lithograph 21 1 8 x 27 3 4 A couple short repaired marginal tears 700 Prints from The United States Army and Navy Akron Ohio Werner Company 1899 Chromolithographs Ca 9 1 4 x 13 1 4 Very good condition Images from a fine series of prints illustrating the history and the uniforms of the American Army and Navy from the American Revolution to the Spanish American War Each print captures in detail the various types of uniforms worn by each service and by rank ARMY General Toral s Surrender of Santiago To General Shafter July 13th 1898 175 Artillery Field Equipment 1899 175 Cavalry Field Equipment 1899 175 Infantry Field Equipment 1899 175 Uniforms Uniforms 7 Artillery 3 Officers Figures 1899 By H A Ogden 125 Uniforms 4 Cavalry 2 Engineers 1 Hospital 2 Staff Corps 2 Signal Corps Figures 1899 By H

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  • American Political Prints--Events
    Returns Scene In Front of the New York Tribune Office at Midnight November 6 7 Single page From Harper s Weekly November 24 1866 40 Theodore R Davis Interior of Tammany Hall New York Democratic Convention in Session Double page From Harper s Weekly 1868 A broad perspective showing the assembled delegates for the Democrat Nation Convention 85 Graham and Schell The Republican Convention At Chicago Delegates Entering the Exposition

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  • American Political Portraits
    produced paintings of many of the important figures of the mid nineteenth century including a number of Webster of which this is considered one of the best ever done of this great American statesman Webster who served as Secretary of State and in the Senate for many years was perhaps the great orator of the mid nineteenth century 850 Joseph Ames The Last Days of Webster At Marshfield Rewmarque below shows view of Marshfield New York Smith Parmelee 1858 25 1 4 x 34 Engraving by C Mottram Superb impression Excellent condition This striking rich engraving shows Daniel Webster on his death bed at his home in Marshfield The engraving by C Mottram is after a painting by Joseph Ames and the wealth of symbolism matches the rich engraving In the center is Webster propped on a pillow in his bed talking to his family and friends who surround him some of whom are stoically absorbing Webster s wisdom while others weep or gaze on with great sorrow A shaft of light streams in through the widow lighting the dying man and creating a dramatic effect for this wonderful example of nineteenth century art A very accurate and moving précis of Webster s reputation can be found where fourteen year old Francis O French wrote in his diary Daniel Webster is dead His great intellect is at rest forever No more shall his voice be lifted up in behalf of the dearly beloved Constitution of his country no more shall we hear his majestic tones echo through the national legislative halls His laurels are not from the blood stained field but from the powers of his intellect Which are the most preferable Quoted from Growing Up on Capitol Hill edited by John J McDonough Washington Library of Congress 1997 1 200 Lafosse after Brady s daguerreotype Henry Clay New York William Schaus 1861 24 7 8 x 19 1 2 Lithograph by Lafosse Printed by Delarue Paris Full margins Very good condition A rare very large portrait of Clay Published by William Schaus who had started working for Goupil Co but then set up on his own in New York City Many of his prints like this one were produced in France for the quality of these prints was generally higher than American prints of the day The image is based on a photograph by Brady and it is beautifully drawn onto the lithographic stone by Lafosse The print is a bust portrait of a young Clay and the scale is unlike most other portraits of the nineteenth century A most usual and rare print 475 Brown s Portrait Gallery A folio series of all 27 profile portraits of American politicians Originally lithographed in 1844 by E B and E C Kellogg in Hartford Connecticut this facsimile edition was published in 1931 and limited to 600 copies 1 500 Popular Prints of the Presidents Presidential portraits by popular print makers Ca 1840 1870 Lithographs Very good condition During the nineteenth

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  • American Political Prints--Cartoons
    the most significant illustrator of American political and social issues His pointed cartoons exerted a great impact on public opinion Every presidential candidate to gain his support won and his stature increased with the successful campaign in 1870 71 to bring down Boss Tweed of New York s corrupt Tammany Hall and his political machine More than a mere cartoonist Nast was an innovator of political images popularizing or instituting many now familiar subjects such as the Republican elephant the Democratic donkey John Bull Uncle Sam and Columbia Note We do have other Nast political cartoons enquire for further information Out of One Into Another November 6 1875 Single page The Republican elephant is shown emerging from a hole labeled Third Term Trap a reference to the Democratic protests over a possibthird term for U S Grant The other trap is shown as a Reformed Tammany Hall of which Nast was very skeptical 150 Stand From Under Double page January 26 1878 The Republican elephant is shown here in a very dire predicament Already battered and scarred a characterization which Nast used after that fall s bitter loss of both the Senate and House the elephant is shown falling from a cliff The rocks which have become loose and insecure are labeled with the various issues that antagonized and from Nast s perspective endangered his party and as well as financial security of the nation 125 Natural History Statesman I aimed at Him March 2 1878 Front cover A dog with a ribbon labeled Political Communism stands on its forelegs and holds a bow A beaver representing the industrial middle class lies mortally wounded by two arrows with one reading 90 cent silver and the second Income Tax In the background a content looking rhinoceros labeled Wealth rubs up against

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  • Prints from Barnard's New Complete and Authentic History of England.
    Morris 45 Wale Queen Anne Ascended the Throne March 8 1702 Died Aug 11 1714 Engraving by Grainger 45 Wale George I He was the first of the House of Hanover line of Brunswick Proclaimed Aug 1 1714 Landed in Greenwich Sep 18 following Died in his Journey to Hanover June 11 1727 Aged 67 Engraving by Grainger 45 Wale George II Born Oct 30 1683 Ascended the Throne June 11 1727 and Died at Kensington Oct 25 1760 Engraving by Grainger 45 William Hamilton Caroline Queen of George II She was Princess of Brandenburgh Anspach Married to George II while Prince of Wales 1704 Died of a Mortification in her Bowels Nov 20 1737 And was Buried in Henry the VII Chapel Westminster Engraving by Shirwin Lodge 35 S Wale George III Being Eldest Son of Frederick late Prince of Wales he was Born June 4th 1738 Created Prince of Wales 1754 Succeeded his Grandfather George II Oct 25 1760 was Proclaimed the next day Married Charlotte Sophia Princess of Mecklenburgh Strelitz September 8 1764 and both were Crowned September 22 1764 Engraving by Grainger 45 William Hamilton Caroline Queen of George II She was Princess of Brandenburgh Anspach Married to George II while Prince of Wales 1704 Died of a Mortification in her Bowels Nov 20 1737 And was Buried in Henry the VII Chapel Westminster Engraving by Shirwin Lodge 35 Wale Charlotte Queen of Great Britain c Born May 19 1744 Landed in England Sep 7 Married Sep 8 and Crowned at Westminster Abbey Sep 22 1764 Engraving by Thornton 45 William Hamilton An Elegant Portrait and striking Likeness of His Royal Highness George Augustus Frederick Prince of Wales the Heir Apparent to the Crown of Great Britain c Later George IV Engraving by Pollard 45 Battles William Hamilton The English during the reign of Edward the Elder Defeating the Danish Army near Watchet in Somerset shire a Few only Escaping by Swimming to their Ships Engraving by Thornton 40 William Hamilton The renowned Battle of Hastings in Sussex fought by Harold 2 and William Duke of Normandy wherein the former was killed and the latter became Conqueror Engraving by Noble 45 Wale The celebrated Battle of Agincourt in the French Netherlands in which Henry 5 King of England commandeered in person obtained a signal Victory over the French Army Engraving by Noble Small tear in right margin leading to crease extending into image NA O Neal The famous Battle of Crecy in France in which Edward 3 and his Son the Black Prince gained a complete Victory over the United Efforts of the Kings of France Bohemia and Majorca Engraving by Tukey 40 Wale The Glorious Defeat of the Invincible Spanish Armada by the English Fleet between Dover Calais in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth 1588 Engraving by Hawkins 45 Grainger The famous Battle of the Boyne in Ireland in which William III commanded in person against James II and the Gallant Duke Schomberg was slain Engraving by Grainger 40 Grainger The Celebrated Battle off Cape La Hogue in which Admiral Rook burnt the French Admiral s Ship called the Rising Sun with Twelve other large Men of War May 20 1692 Engraving by Grainger 40 The Celebrated Battle of Culloden in Scotland in which the Rebels were subdued upwards of 1200 being killed in the space of only forty minutes by the Late Duke of Cumberland April 16 1746 Engraving by Grainger 40 American Revolution William Hamilton The Manner in which the American Colonies Declared themselves Independant sic of the King of England throughout the different Provinces on July 4 1776 Engraving by Noble 425 The American General Lee taken Prisoner by Lieutenant Colonel Harcourt of the English Army n Morris Country New Jersey 1776 Engraving by Hawkins 350 William Hamilton The Engagement of Captn Pearson in His Majesty s Ship Serapis with Paul Jones of the American Ship of War called the Bon Homme Richard in which Action the former was taken while the Countess of Scarborough was also captured by the Pallas frigate Engraving by R Collier 350 William Hamilton A British Sailor offering a Sword to an Unarmed Spanish Officer to defend himself at the Attack of Fort Omoa which was taken by Escalade on the 20 of Oct 1779 under the Command of Capt Dalrymple and Commodore Lutterell Battle of San Fernando de Omoa Engraving by Thornton 145 William Hamilton The Unfortunate Death of Major Andre Adjutant General to the English Army at Head Quarters in New York Octr 2 1780 who was found within the American Lines in the character of a Spy Engraving by Goldar 350 Hamilton The Surrender of Earl Cornwallis Lieutenant General of the British Army in North America to General Washington Count Rochambeau on the 19th of Octr 1781 whereby the Posts of Yorktown Gloucester in Virginia were then given up to the combined Forces of America France Engraving by Thornton Repairs in lower margin Else good condition 450 William Hamilton The French Admiral Count DeGrasse Delivering his Sword to Admiral now Lord Rodney Being a more Exact Representation of that Memorable Event then is given in any other Work of this kind On Board the Ville de Paris after being Defeated by that Gallant Commander on the Glorious 12th of April 1782 in the West Indies Engraving by Thornton 145 William Hamilton A more Exact Representation of An Affecting Event which deprived this Country of a brave Officer than is given in any other History of England whatever The Gallant and Right Hon Captain Lord Robert Manners Mortally Wounded on board the Resolution in the Glorious Victory obtained over the French Fleet the 12th of April 1782 in the West Indies 145 William Hamilton General G A Elliott Being a more accurate exact Likeness of that Brave Commander than is given in any other History of England The Gallant Defender and Preserver of the Important Garrison of Gibralter sic against the Combined Efforts of France

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