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Historical prints by the Sartain Family

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Schussele: How We Won the Battle
Christian Schussele. "How We Won The Battle." Philadelphia: Bradley & Co., 1865. 10 1/2 x 15 3/4. Mezzotint and engraving by John Sartain. Full margins. Very good condition.

A touching image of a Civil War veteran recounting "How We Won The Battle" to a group of women, (including a grieving widow), children, and one older man. The absence of young men is telling, and the soldier's lost leg and crutches poignant. A moving tableau, the print also shows much of the middle class American home: furniture, textiles, a portrait of George Washington, a newspaper on the floor, and an almanac tied to the window ledge. This image was based on a painting by Sartain's friend, the noted Philadelphia artist Christian Schussele. $400



Stonewall Jackson
William Sartain. "Lieut. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson and His Family. ('Stonewall Jackson')." Philadelphia: Bradley & Co., 1866. Mezzotint by Wm. Sartain. 14 x 19 (image on backing sheet 17 3/4 x 22). Printed designation "proof" in lower right corner. Wide margins and strong impression. Very good condition. A fine copy of a very scarce print.

This exquisite engraving of Stonewall Jackson and his family was engraved and printed in the year after hostilities ended, primarily for the southern market. His widow and orphaned, doll-like child are with him surrounding an empty vase to recollect and represent the fallen hero of the Confederacy. Jackson's right hand is on a bible to invoke memories of his stern Presbyterian life in military matters as well as at home. On the wall behind the family are images of Robert E. Lee, John C. Calhoun, and George Washington -great men who provided background impetus for Jackson's achievements. This print was beautifully mezzotinted by William Sartain, who along with his father John, was the foremost American practitioner of this elaborate printmaking process for the production of historical prints. The print was Ref.: The Confederate Image, p. 127. $1,800




Samuel B. Waugh. "Lincoln and his Family." Philadelphia: Bradley & Co., 1866. 17 1/2 x 24 3/4 (image) 22 x 27 3/4 (full sheet). Mezzotint with engraving by William Sartain. Printed by Irwin & Sartain. Very good condition. Holzer et al., The Lincoln Image, Fig. 80. Denver.

This is one of most famous prints of Lincoln, a family portrait based on a painting of Samuel B. Waugh and engraved by William Sartain. This print was copied by many other nineteenth century print publishers, but none equaled the quality of this rich engraving. Lincoln is shown with his two sons and wife surrounded by elegant furnishings of the White House. The family is grouped around a covered table, upon which lie two books, including the Bible. Lincoln and Tad sit to the left, and above Lincoln's right shoulder is a bust of George Washington, linking the martyred president with the 'father of the nation.' Outside the draped window is the outline of the Capitol dome, completed during Lincoln's terms. Mary Lincoln sits to the right, and Robert stands in the center between his parents. Over Robert's shoulder is a portrait of William Lincoln, who had died in 1862. At the time of its issue, this print was thought of as a first class example of print making, selling for as much as $20 for an artist's proof, and $7.25 for a regular print. As Holzer, et al. remark, "In its day, the Sartain engraving was considered the best print portrait of the Lincoln family." (p. 171) $950


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