Unattributed. “Andrew Johnson.” Philadelphia: [Wm. Sartain, 1865]. William Smith, ca. 1880. 18 1/2 x 14. Mezzotint by William Sartain. Wide margins. Facsimile signature. Strong impression. Very good condition.
A handsome portrait of Andrew Johnson, produced in the mezzotint process by William Sartain. William Sartain, along with his father John, was the foremost American practitioner of this elaborate printmaking process for the production of historical prints. His prints always have a strong and rich texture that enhances their aesthetic qualities considerably, and the images are always historically quite accurate. This combination makes prints by William Sartain most desirable, and this example is no exception.