Four (4) rare engravings and mezzotints of historic American subjects including John Paul Jones, Commodore Hopkins, Benjamin Franklin, and Martha Washington. 1st item: JOHN PAUL JONES, engraving on laid paper. Engraved by Carl Guttenberg after C.J. Notte; published by Esnauts et Rapilly, Paris, France, circa 1780. Matted under glass in a molded giltwood frame. Sight – 8" H x 5 1/4" W. Framed – 12" H x 9 3/4" W. (Note: another example of this engraving is in the collection of Winterthur Museum). 2nd item: COMMODORE HOPKINS, COMMANDEUR EN CHEF DER AMERI. FLOTTE, copperplate engraving on laid paper with hand coloring, unknown source and publication date, 18th century. Scarce. Matted under glass in a molded giltwood frame. Sight – 6 5/8" H x 4 1/8" W. Framed – 11 1/4" H x 8 1/2" W. 3rd item: (BENJAMIN) FRANKLIN, mezzotint, oval portrait with inscription in French in tablet below. Unknown source and publication date. Matted under glass and framed in a gadroon molded antique frame. Sight – 6 1/4" H x 4" W. Framed – 10" H x 8 1/4" W. 4th item: MRS. GEORGE WASHINGTON (MARTHA DANDRIDGE), "Original in the Possession of G.W.P. Curtis," mezzotint; J. Rogers after John Woolaston, printed by W. Pate. Publication date unknown, post 1800. Framed under glass in a narrow stained wood frame. Sight – 7 1/4" x 5 1/4". Framed – 6 1/2" x 8 1/2". Provenance: the estate of James "Jimmy" Neely, Smyrna, TN, acquired at the 1985 auction of the collection of Dr. Benjamin Caldwell, Nashville, TN. CONDITION: All overall very good condition, not examined out of frame. All frames have some wear and abrasions, with small losses to gilding on gilt frames. Conservator's notes en verso state the John Paul Jones, Commodore Hopkins and Franklin prints have been professionally cleaned and deacidified; Hopkins and Jones prints also pressed. John Paul Jones print still has some light creasing and toning, small area of staining lower right corner, couple spots of foxing. Martha Washington print has two 1" areas of staining lower left and light toning.
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