CHARLES B.J.F. DE SAINT-MEMIN (FRENCH 1770-1852) PROFILE ENGRAVINGS OF JOSEPH ERWIN OF PHILADELPHIA, 1798 (2 items). 1) Copperplate engraving on paper, 2 5/8 inch-square platemark, inscribed below profile: "Drawn & engrd. by St. Memin Philadela."; matted within carved and gilded frame bearing lable for Kennedy Galleries on the reverse. Born in Ireland, Erwin (1758-1807) was a successful Philadelphia merchant, who lived as a country gentleman in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, following his retirement in 1791.
Literature: listed and illustrated in Ellen G. Milesâ€™ "St. Memin and the Neoclassical Profile Portrait in America" (1994), p. 298, no. 308. [with] 2) Joseph Erwin by Elias Dexter, after St. Memin, c. 1862. Line engraving on paper, 3 inches square (view), matted and framed.
Provenance: purchased by consignor at Northeast Auctions, 17 August, 2013, as lots 180 and 183, respectively.