George Washington assisting young family in need ca. 1850's fine antique print
$ 39.95


(domestic scene)

Issued New York: in the middle of the 19th century, likely ca. 1855.

Engraved by J. Gross.

(print was aquired loose & undated, as offered; our approximate dating here is speculative and is our best attempt to state it correctly).

A very appealing mid-19th century engraved print.

This particular type of 19th century printing process was laborious, involving long-apprenticed highly trained hand artisans. It also involved challenging hand-operated machinery, skill acquired over many years, patience, and other endless tasks and manual labor. Because of these and various other factors, this printed leaf is an interesting original artifact from long past moment in printing.

The original printed source of the image should not in any way be considered a fault or defect. Rather, it is a simple and fascinating historical reality which makes it what it is today for our eyes. Read Q. David Bowers countless discussions of connoiseurship of old antique items for more of this line of thinking.

Please view scan closely. There is an enlargeable zoom feature that allows for a close inspection . This is central to the listing. It takes precedence over any words we use. Look at the scan. Study it. Then decide .*

Sheet lightly to moderately age toned, image mostly clean & fresh, some visible small scattered spotting/foxing which imparts an indication of its age -- overall still nice and appealing visually.

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. 8 1/8" W x  5 1/2" H.

Engraved area measures c. 5 7/8" W x  4 1/4" 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.