Lafosse after Brady's daguerreotype. "Henry Clay."
New York: William Schaus, 1861. 24 7/8 x 19 1/2. Lithograph by Lafosse. Printed by Delarue, Paris. Full margins. Very good condition.
A rare, very large portrait of Clay. Published by William Schaus, who had started working for Goupil & Co, but then set up on his own in New York City. Many of his prints, like this one, were produced in France, for the quality of these prints was generally higher than American prints of the day. The image is based on a photograph by Brady, and it is beautifully drawn onto the lithographic stone by Lafosse. The print is a bust portrait of a young Clay, and the scale is unlike most other portraits of the nineteenth century. A most usual and rare print.