James Thom (1835-1898). “The American Eagle. Guarding the Spirit of Washington. Dedicated to the Mount Vernon Association.”
New York: Cosmopolitan Art Association, 1859. From the Cosmopolitan Art Journal. 9 x 8 (image). Engraving by Rogers. Three tears, with one just into image right hand side, repaired with archival tape. Else, very good condition.
The Cosmopolitan Art Association was a nationally-recognized organization founded in 1854 in Sandusky, Ohio, by C.L. Derby. It was modeled after similar Art Associations in Philadelphia and London. The purpose of the Association was “for the encouragement and general diffusion of literature and art.” Subscribers paid three dollars a year to belong to the Cosmopolitan Art Association. For this fee, they received an annual periodical subscription or an engraving, as well as a ticket for a chance to win a work of art in a lottery held each year. The association eventually moved to New York City but closed in 1861.