Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1866. Marshall, Edgar. First Trade Edition. Trade Edition. Image measuring 16 x 21, print measuring 18 ½ x 24 ¾, affixed to contemporary heavy stock paper measuring 23 ½ x 28 ½. A strong impression. Some sunning to image and margin. Slight dampstain to lower margin, not affecting visible portion. Affixed to original wove backing paper, we believe at the time of publication, as the engraving itself is printed on thin paper and quite fragile. Overall a very good copy. Very Good. Item #CAT0165a
Edgar Marshall’s engraving of Lincoln, based on one of his paintings, gained high praise upon its release and is still considered one of the finest portraits done of Lincoln. Ticknor and Fields announced its publication in November of 1866 following Lincoln’s assassination. They offered it by subscription only, with 300 artist’s proofs available for $20, India roofs for $10 and plain proofs for $5. Marshall had been living in Paris and exhibiting in salons there. He returned home in 1866 and immediately began work on his Lincoln portraits. Gustave Dore stated that this engraving was “the best engraving ever made by any artist living or dead.”.