LAUGIER, Jean Nicolas (1785-1875); after Leon COGNIET (1794-1880)
New York: James Herring, 1839. Engraving, mounted India Paper proof. Trimmed to the plate mark.
Scarce engraving of Washington.
This beautifully engraved, large-format portrait of Washington is after a painting by the French artist Cogniet, with the face being after Gilbert Stuart. Standing full-length in uniform in front of his horse, with cannon in the fore-ground and a port (Boston harbor?) in the background, this magisterial depiction aptly portrays Washington's commanding size and presence. In his Recollections and Private Memoirs of Washington , George Washington Parke Custis, wrote that Washington's "matchless limbs have in but two instances been faithfully portrayed: in the equestrian portrait by Trumbull, of 1790 ... and in an engraving by Loisier [i.e., Laugier], from a painting by Cogniet, French artists of distinguished merit. The latter is not an original painting, the head being from Stuart, but the delineation of the limbs is the most perfect extant."
Hart 666; Baker 417; Carson Collection 980.