c. 1850 Two Progress Proofs of a Print of George Washington
Two “Progress Proofs” Prints of George Washington. c. 1850 George Washington, Pair of Progress Proof Prints, Very Fine or better.. Near Identical images of George Washington, seen holding a rolled-up copy of a parchment labeled “American Independence.” The plate size is 10” x 6.75”, with the image appearing slightly smaller. Both Proofs are on oversized sheets measuring 16” x 12.” Both have scattered toning spots, few of which affect the images.The earliest Proof appears almost as a line-drawing of Washington, with no background or shading except on the head, hand, and document. The second Proof is printed on a thin sheet of India Paper that is mounted to the oversized sheet. The sheet is heavily toned. This one appears to be the final version, as it is hand-signed by the painter in pencil beneath the image and also by Charles B. Hall (the printer, perhaps), both of whom seem to be okaying the final “draft.” Extremely rare, as we’ve never seen this print before in any of our travels. (2 items).