Early Americana lithograph of a full figure silhouette of John Marshall (1755–1835), 4th Chief Justice of the United States from 1801 until his death. Inscription on the page reads as follows:
From life by Wm. F. Brown.
Lith. of E. B. & E. C. Kellogg.
Entered according to Act of Congress , in the year 1844, by E. B. & E. C. Kellogg, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Connecticut.
John Marshall is portrayed standing on a outdoor terrace his hands in his pockets. The rendering has the soft texture and appearance of a stone lithograph, and even under magnification it appears almost drawn, the silhouette a solid black ink with white, chalk-like highlights. If it wasn't for the text inscribed beneath the image it would be hard to tell the difference. Silhouettes were also referred to as a shadow portrait / shade / profile. The reverse of the frame has an extensive, hand written text describing John Marshall's life and distinguished career. It also gives the provenance of this piece and states that it is part of the original 19th Century Kellogg edition not the later 1931 G. A. Baker & Co. reprint.
A silhouette portrait of John Marshall such as this, with John Marshall facing right, is part of the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of New York.
Artist: William Henry Brown (American, Charleston, South Carolina 1808–1883)
Lithographer and Publisher: E. B. & E. C. Kellogg (American, active Hartford, Connecticut 1840–67)
Medium: Lithograph with tint stone
Toning, spots and imperfections to lithograph, frame and backing as shown. Lithograph unexamined outside of frame. Photo taken through glass which explains reflections. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 16 5/8" by 12 1/16" by 1" deep; View: 14 5/8" by 10 1/16" approximately.
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