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large 1858 engraving

[Webster, Daniel] “The Last Days of Webster at Marshfield” The unusually large print by C. Mottram from a Joseph Ames painting was produced by Smith & Parmlee in 1858. The engraving measures 25 x 34 and the overall measurements are 44 x 33.5. The engraving is fine although there are some marks and scuffs in the blank margins. This is from a surplus group of the same print, most likely part of the printer’s unsold overrun. It does not include the decorative cartouche or description and identification in the lower margin that the finished prints carry but the image is striking and clean. Joseph Ames was a prominent 19th Century Boston artist of portraits and genre although in this case he produced an historical painting depicting Webster with friends and family just a few days before his death.