Charles B. Lawrence, Mother & Child

Lawrence, Charles B. (? portraitist + landscapist, Bordentown c. 1790 – Philadelphia 1864). Mother & Child. Young woman in rich dress, holding the little daughter on her lap. On the right narrow view into the landscape. Aquatint with engraving by John Sartain (London 1808 – Philadelphia 1897). Inscribed: Lawrence. / Sartain., otherwise as above. Subject size 5¼ × 3½ in (13.5 × 8.9 cm).

Lawrence, pupil of portraitists Gilbert Stuart and Rembrandt Peale, moved to Philadelphia in 1814, where he exhibited regularly at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts until 1830. However, about 1835 he gave up painting. – 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. – Three sides trimmed within the wide, top and left feebly brownspotted white platemark.

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