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Lot 786

[Revere, Paul] Masonic Certificate Restrike. An excellent reprint of Paul Revere's original print, being a copper-plate engraving, 13¾ x 10" plate, printed in black ink, on a 18¾ x 14" sheet of heavy cream-colored paper. Inscribed at lower right: "To Ames Stevens / With kindest regards / Lessing J. Rosenwald 5/14/51." Mr. Rosenwald (1891-1979) succeeded his father as chairman of Sears, Roebuck and Company from 1932 until 1939, then dedicated himself full-time to collecting rare books and art. In 1943, he pledged to donate his collections to the Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art. He was a founding benefactor of the National Gallery of Art, and the Gallery's foremost donor of prints and drawings, donating over 22,000 prints and drawings to the Gallery. He also donated the original copper plate of Revere's Masonic Certificate, engraved around 1795, to the Gallery. Fine.
Estimated Value $400 - 600.

Realized $360

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