After Gilbert Stewart [sic]. “Washington.”
New York: Illman & Pilbrow, ca. 1835. 8 5 /8 x 7 3/8 (image). Stipple engraving by Illman and Pilbrow. With figure of Liberty seated with eagle and shield above title. Margins top and sides trimmed to image boundary lines. Three small areas of margins trimmed just beyond boundary lines but not into image. Several old and new short tears in image and margins repaired, filled and in painted. Three horizontal soft bends, two in image, barely visible. Else, good condition. Very scarce. Baker: 262; Hart 401; Catalogue of the Edwin Babcock Holden Collection of Rare Americana Mezzotints, New York: American Art Galleries, 1910, item 538. Sale catalogue of the Hampton L. Carson Collection of Engraved Portraits, Philadelphia: Stan V. Henkels, 1904, item 498.
Thomas Illman (or Ilman) was a British engraver who came to New York about 1829, then set up in business with Edward Pilbrow. New York City directories indicate they were in partnership 1829 to 1836, which would be the time period for this engraving, although immigration records indicate an engraver Thomas “Pilbro” arrived in New York from England in 1833. Illman and his sons Edward, George, Henry and William were all engravers in New York and, later, Philadelphia. Notably, Thomas Illman engraved maps for David Burr and Samuel Walker.