DeWitt Clinton decorative ca. 1855 antique Portrait print
$ 39.95


Printed New York: ca. 1855.

A decorative mid-9th century engraved portrait print. The central portrait image is surrounded by an ornate engraved border, a small historical scene at the bottom relating to a key event in the life of the person. A facsimilie signature across the bottom.

This type of engraved printing process was very difficult and laborious, involving long-apprenticed highly trained skillful pictorial artisans. It also involved challenging hand-operated machinery, inking of plates, sheets of paper individually hung to dry, skill, patience, and other endless tasks and labor. Because of these and various other factors, this printed leaf is an interesting original artifact from long past moment in printing.

Please view scan closely. There is an enlargeable zoom feature that allows for a close inspection
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Sheet is lightly to moderately age toned & foxed (age spotted) as is clearly visible within the scan, yet still very appealing visually. Slightly narrow margins, but still entirely frameable as it survives.

Could readily be displayed or collected.

In all, remains a charming antique printed image any collector, dealer or institution would be pleased to own.

Sheet measures c. 6 1/8" W x  9 1/2" H.

Engraved area measures c. 5 5/8" W x  8 1/8" H.


*[ note: We grade very conservatively and always seek to disclose any noteworthy flaws. We are doing our best to show & describe this item so you are happy when it arrives ].

We encourage you to print this description to keep with the image. It serves as an informal but valid Certificate of Authenticity for as long as you own it.