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Object Name Engraving
Title Jefferson Davis
Catalog Number 1939.16
Creator Sartain, William
Date 1861-1900
Material(s) Paper/Ink
Dimensions H-24 W-19 inches
Description This print of Jefferson Davis is published from an engraving by William Sartain. The image is in a rectangular black box with an oval insert. The bust image of Davis shows him in a wide lapelled black coat and diamond striped vest, a white shirt with upturned collar, and a bow tie. He also has a goatee. Printed under the image, in black ink, are the words "ENGRAVED & PUBLISHED BY WILLIAM SARTAIN, 728 SANSOM St. PHILADa./JEFFERSON DAVIS."
Notes William Sartain was born in 1843 in Philadelphia. His father was involved in publishing as well as engraving, and he had taught the mezzotint craft to his other children, Emily and Samuel, in addition to William, who went on to study with Christian Schussele at the Pennsylvania Academy, the precursor of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He also traveled to Paris and around Europe and became a reputable landscape artist before returning to America and setting up a studio in New York.

The donor of this item is unknown. The piece was in the KHS collection prior to the 1939 WPA Inventory and was assigned this number in the inventory process.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Sartain, William
Subjects Davis, Jefferson
Search Terms engravers
Confederate States of America
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS