7 Engravings of Lafayette, Paine, Deane, Franklin, Wayne, Amherst, and print of General Green. 1ST GROUPING: 2 engraved portraits of the Marquis de Lafayette. 1st item: Early untitled (proof before letters), oval stipple engraved bust of the Marquis De Lafayette, wearing his National Guard Uniform. Hand laid paper, probably pre-1800. Image 5" x 4"; sheet 9-1/4" x 6-3/4". Some creasing and light toning. 2nd item: LAFAYETTE, Painted by A. Scheffer/ Engraved by G. Fairman & CG. Childs. Early 19th century bust portrait of the marquis dressed in civilian clothes. Image 5" x 4-3/4", sheet 8-7/8" x 7-1/4". Creasing, 1/4" tear at margin. 2ND GROUPING: 3 rare and early engravings of Revolutionary War Generals. 1st item: GENERAL GREEN, FROM AN ORIGINAL PICTURE IN THE POSSESSION OF A MR. BROWN, Published by Him April 22, 1785 and sold at No. 10 George Yard Lombard St., London. Lower left margin: Peel pinxit Philadelphia /Stothard delin. Londini. Lower Right: V. Green fecit mezzotinto Engraver to the King of Great Britain and the Elector of Palentine. Early W.J. Sloane frame label on the reverse with stock number written in ink. (Company was established in New York City 1843 and became a noted supplier of antique furnishing and decorations). Antique ebonized wood frame with gilt trim. 20-1/2" x 13-1/2" sight, 27" x 19-3/4" matted and framed. 2nd item: GENERAL AMHERST FOR J. HINTON AT THE KING'S ARMS IN NEWGATE STREET. Engraved for the Universal Magazine. Stipple engraving on hand laid paper, bust of Amherst in uniform, an oval set upon a pedestal. Image 6-1/2" x 3-3/8", Sheet 8-1/2" x 4-7/8". 3rd item: GENERAL WAYNE, TANNER SCULPT. Stipple engraved portrait of General Anthony Wayne in an oval facing left. Appears to be a late 18th century proof before letters. Oval: 3 1/2"H x 2 3/4"W. Sheet: 7 1/2"H x 5"W. Backed with Japan paper. 3RD GROUPING: 3 Revolutionary War/Colonial Era related engraved portraits. 1st item: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, NE A BOSTON DANS LA NOUVELLE ANGLETERRE, LE 17 JANVIER 1706. This is a life time portrait on hand laid paper, published before his 1790 death by Desrayes and Le Beau, Paris. Image 6-1/2" x 4-3/8", sheet 10-1/2" x 7-3/8". Excellent condition. 2nd item: Portrait of Silas Deane, drawn from life by Du Simitiere in Philadelphia, Engraved by B. I. Prevost at Paris / No. 9. Left facing bust in oval, may be proof before title, late 18th century, likely published in London. Image 4-7/8" x 3-3/8", sheet 7-1/8" x 5". Light crease, some foxing. Silas Deane (1739-1789) was an American Revolutionary Period patriot and statesman from Connecticut. He was a member of the Continental Congress, sent to France as a diplomatic agent to raise funds for the revolution. He recruited many military notables for the American cause, including Lafayette, Steuben, and Pulaski. He was falsely accused of financial irregularities and resigned in 1778 due to this political infighting. 3rd item: THOMAS PAINE. Secretaire du Congress au departement des affaires estrangeres, pendant la guerre de Amerique auteur du Sens commun, et des reponses a Burke // Rue de Theatre Francais No.4 // pient par Ped a Philadelphia // Defsine par f. Bonneville // Garve par Sanders. Stipple engraving of Paine (1737-1809) published in Paris during the period 1777-1779 when he was Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Philadelphia. His 1776 publication "Common Sense," which presented his ideas for American Independence, helped inspire the American Revolution. He later became an active supporter of the French Revolution. Image: 3- 5/8" x 2-7/8" , sheet 9-3/4" x 6-1/4". Light grime, some creases to lower half. Condition: Green Print: considerable toning to image and mat, 3-1/2" x 1-1/2" stain to mat in lower right margin and dark stain to mat near upper left corner. Amherst engraving: overall toning. Wayne engraving: significant toning and creasing.
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