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    Revolutionary War: John Hancock Mezzotint Portrait. 10.25" x 14" mezzotint titled "The Hon.ble John Hancock. of Boston in New-England; President of the American Congress. Done from an Original Picture Painted by Littleford." Publication line trimmed off ["London, Published as the Act directs 25 Octo.r 1775 by C. Shephard."] Hancock's militant beliefs, as well as his position of President of the Continental Congress, made him newsworthy in both England and the colonies. In his anxiety to distribute the first print depicting Hancock, the London print seller Charles Shepherd issued this porthole portrait of the great patriot after a painting by Litteford, although it bears a passable resemblance to Copley's portrait. It is one of the most important portraits of Hancock and one of the rarest pieces of early Americana.

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    February, 2020
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
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