Version I: As
shown. Collection: Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Version II: Oval entirely
reworked, in stipple, and head of Stuart type substituted for the
Peale likeness, apparently by a different engraver.
in: Noah Webster, An American Selection of Lessons
in Reading and Speaking (Philadelphia: Young and M'Culloch,
1787); Noah Webster, The American Spelling-Book (Philadelphia:
Young and M'Culloch, 1787).
After the Philadelphia publisher William Young used this image as
a frontispiece in several editions of Noah Webster's works, Webster
decided it would be profitable to use the same engraving in other
editions of his works. He wrote another of his publishers:
I have sent
to Philadelphia to know on what terms I can procure a Plate of
Genl Washington's Portrait, which Mr. Young has prefixed to the
works & which is pretty well executed. I intend that
all future impressions shall be alike; & I if I lower copy
right, I shall expect that you get a plate, for it will certsinly
assist the sale. (Wick, p. 97, quoting American Historical
Record , 1:374).
fact, although this print may have been used in several later Young
editions, now unlocated, other publishers settled on a frontispiece
portrait of Webster himself.