James Kochan Fine Art & Antiques

Specializing in American and British art, manuscripts, imprints, maritime and martial artifacts, 1700-1850

Prints & Maps

[John Rubens ?] Smith, after John Vanderlyn
General Andrew Jackson

Copperplate line engraving, 'Smith scul.', nd. [c. 1820], np. [New York?];  10 1/2 x 8 in. platemark and 18 x 11 1/2 in. overall

    A fine proof state for an early engraving of the monumental portrait of Major General Andrew Jackson by John Vanderlyn (1775-1852), commissioned by the city of New York and completed during 1819-1820.  No other example of this print has been located, nor is it mentioned in James G. Barber's Andrew Jackson:  A Portrait Study (Washington, DC:  National Portrait Gallery, 1991).  The project may have never proceeded beyond the proof state and this example may be unique.  'Smith scul.' likely refers to John Rubens Smith (1775-1849), the noted, English-born artist and engraver who is known to have been working in Brooklyn and Manhattan from c. 1814-1820s, before relocating to Philadelphia in the 1830s.

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