EDWARD SAVAGE (1761-1817)
Stipple engraving, 1798
Height 50.3, sub height, 46.6, width 62.2 cm


Boglewood: 2203
Hart: 235
Wick 55

Boglewood 2203
[Version II]



Source image:
Edward Savage, Type B
Oil on canvas (c. 1790-1793)


Painted & Engrav'd by E: Savage. / The Washington Family. / La Famille de Washington. / George Washington his Lady, and her two Grandchildren by the name of Custis. / George Washington, Son Espouse, et Ses deux petits Enfants du Nom de Custis. / Philadelphia. Publish'd March 10th. 1798. by E. Savage & Robt. Wilkinson No. 58 Cornhill London.

Version I:  As shown, but with title in open letters, and before finished work on servant's face.
Version II:
  As shown.
  Collections:  Boglewood Collection; National Portrait Gallery; Mount Vernon; Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Note: Although the engraving was commenced by Savage, it seems likely that a substantial amount of the work was ultimately carried out by others.
      Savage gleefully apprised Washington of the engraving's commercial success, writing him in 1798:
      "As soon as I got one of the prints ready to be seen I advertised in two of the papers that a subscription would be open for about twenty days.  Within that time there was 331 subscribers to the print and about 100 had subscribed previously.  .  .  .  In consequence of its success and being generally approved of  I have continued the Subscription.  There is every probability at present of its producing me at least $10,000 in one twelve month.  As soon as I have one printed in colours I shall take the liberty to send it to Mrs. Washington."

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