Skip to content Skip to footer

“Washington And His Mother” Etching Engraved By John C. McRae


1 in stock



“Washington And His Mother” Etching Engraved By John C. McRae

John C. McRae  was a New York artist employed by publishers from approximately 1845 to 1880 to depict specialized portraits and scenes from American history. McRae was one of the first American artists to utilize the “mixed method technique,” in which foreground figures are delineated by engraving, while backgrounds are composed largely of mezzotint tones.

Size: Hight: 15″  x Width: 22″

Age: Circa 1840

Presenting an exquisite piece of historical artwork, the “Washington And His Mother” etching, skillfully engraved by the talented John C. McRae. This captivating depiction offers a unique window into American history, capturing a moment of significance with intricate detail and artistry.

John C. McRae, a renowned artist hailing from New York, left an indelible mark on the art world between 1845 and 1880. His expertise lay in crafting specialized portraits and scenes that brought American history to life. Notably, McRae was a pioneer in the employment of the “mixed method technique,” an innovative approach that masterfully blends engraving and mezzotint tones. This technique adds depth and dimension to his works, creating a visual experience that’s both engaging and evocative.

The etching, measuring 15 inches in height and 22 inches in width, transports us back to the mid-19th century, specifically the years between 1840 and 1850. This period saw the emergence of McRae’s artistic prowess, and this etching stands as a testament to his creative legacy.

Etching, a meticulous process, involves the use of acid or mordant to meticulously cut into a metal surface, creating intricate designs through intaglio. In this etching, Washington and his mother are brought to life with delicate precision, showcasing McRae’s mastery of the art form. The interplay of foreground engraving and mezzotint backgrounds adds a remarkable sense of texture and contrast, highlighting McRae’s innovative “mixed method technique.”

This piece transcends time, preserving a moment of historical significance while also exemplifying the artistic techniques of the era. Whether displayed as a centerpiece in your home or incorporated into a curated collection, the “Washington And His Mother” etching is a tangible piece of history that invites you to connect with the past through the lens of artistic excellence.


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review ““Washington And His Mother” Etching Engraved By John C. McRae”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *