COLLECTOR'S 1907 exquisite antique gravure art print of President William McKinley & Biography. Official portrait of President McKinley as it hangs in the White House today. Opposite illustration is historical text of President's life and administration.
Copyright, 1907, Bureau of National Literature & Art & Gravure Company of America. Print originates from White House Gallery of Official Portraits of Presidents folio book. Copyright on bottom left of print. Not a reprodution.
Each print in series was painted by order of Congress, artist being selected for their skill and reputation. Original painting by Benziger. IMPRESSIVE black sepia illustration that is ready to mat and frame. Photo does not fully capture brilliant detail and exact sepia hues; wait until you see it up close. Magnificent!
Life of each President prepared by leading American, who had special knowledge of certain period in history, giving a beautiful word picture of Presidents personality. Text by William M. Stewart – U.S. Senator from Nevada. Engraved president's autograph beneath the portrait. Biography begins with elaborate black & white illustrated letter.
GRAVURE printing is a very special process that is rarely done today due to the high cost of the printing process. An image is etched on the surface of a metal plate, etched area is filled with ink and plate is rotated on a cylinder that transfers the image to the paper or other material.
High quality stand alone print-quality cardboard stock, biography thinner paper. Measures 16" x 20" with ivory border. Image size 8" x 12". Photo border and text doesn't show in full due to scanner size. Paper color looks more ivory/off-white. Art print very good overall/bright/clean/right side area scuffed/tiny white spot lapel-not sure if original print mark/border some light yellowing-chipping/creasing right edge & corner bumping. Text page excellent/bright/clean-2 very tiny spots-not on text.
Do not pass up this rare collector's gem; a must have for your antique art and history collection; will make a FABULOUS gift!!
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