AFTER EDWARD SAVAGE (1761-1817)
The landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World
by David Edwin
line and stipple-engraving, published by Edward Savage, Philadelphia, Jany. 1st 1800. Some spotting.
27 x 17in. (69 x 43cm).
A fine full-length 'portrait' showing Columbus (with three companions) in the foreground, with his three ships in the bay in the background. According to the legend beneath the portrait is "copied from the original picture in the collection of the Grand Duke of Tuscany in Florence".
The date of the print may indicate some careful marketing: Savage offers a portrait of the "discoverer of America" on the first day of the first century to start with the United States as an independant nation.
Savage trained originally as a goldsmith, but by 1789 was well-enough considered as a portrait painter to be commissioned by Harvard to paint Washington. He visited England from 1791-1794 and studied mezzotint and stipple-engraving. In 1795 he set up business in Philadelphia as a portrait painter, engraver and print-seller. David Edwin engraved a number of plates for Savage, although there is some controversy as to exactly how much of each plate was Savage's work and how much Edwin's. Savage apparently left Philadelphia by 1802, and subsequently worked in New York, Boston and Princeton.