Single sheet, 18.5 x 24 in., at bottom "Engraved by E. Huntington." At present framed and glazed, 27.25 x 33 in.
After the "Second American Revolution," the War of 1812, there was a resurgence of patriotism in the nation. The founding generation was passing quickly, and the war stimulated a renewed interest in American history and principles. A number of engravers jumped into the fray, competing to publish a copy of the Declaration of Independence before the others and thus grab a larger share of the market.
One of the early publishers was Benjamin Owen Tyler whose print was the first with facsimiles of the signatures at the bottom, published in 1818. John Binns also reproduced the signatures, but added the seals of the 13 first states and the first three presidents in a wreath around the document, attractive to those wanting to display the print, published 1819.
It is thought that Eleazar Huntington, a calligrapher and engraver in Hartford, CT, began his engraving just after this, about 1820 or so. Huntington followed the style of Tyler in the title, but did not have as much ornamentation of the letters. The text was also similar to Tyler's, done in a fairly typical early 19th century style. The signatures were more like those reproduced by Binns.
Short margin tears. Folds. Scattered foxing. Not removed from frame for examination.
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