John Sartain, Contrast

Sartain, John (London 1808 – Philadelphia 1897). The Contrast. The still playful younger girl nestling to the shoulder of her more solemn older sister. Aquatint with engraving after Wright. Inscribed: Wright. / Sartain., otherwise as above. Subject size 5¼ × 3½ in (13.2 × 8.9 cm).

Sartain, first active in London and settling down in Philadelphia in 1830, is regarded as

“ the  pioneer  of  mezzotint  engraving  in  America ”

(Hugh Chisholm, Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th ed., XXIII [1911]), but also designed vignettes for American banknotes. The monuments of Washington and Lafayette likewise designed by him were destroyed in the mid-1950s when the Monument Cemetery was leveled. Cf. Leisching p. 80. – Trimmed within the white platemark. – The feeble foxspotting on the back barely perceptible from front.

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