Phila. 1888." There is in Emmet 9481 a stipple plate "Engraved by J. B.
Longacre from a Painting by Pine." It is upon the Longacre-Pine portrait
that Rosenthal and others, like H. B. Hall, have depended for their
portrait of Read.
22. Gunning Bedford, Jr., Emmet 9483, inscribed "Etched by Albert
Rosenthal Phila. 1888." Rosenthal also painted a portrait, "after
Charles Willson Peale," for Independence Hall. The etching is the same
portrait. On May 13, 1883, Mr. Simon Gratz wrote to Dr. Emmet: "A very
fair lithograph can, I think, be made from the photograph of Gunning
Bedford, Jun.; which I have just received from you. I shall call the
artist's attention to the excess of shadow on the cravat." The source
was a photograph furnished by the Bedford descendants.
23. John Dickinson, Emmet 9485, inscribed "Etched by Albert Rosenthal
Phila. 1888 after Painting by C. W. Peale." The Peale painting is in
24. Richard Bassett, Emmet 9487, inscribed "Albert Rosenthal." There
was also a painting by Rosenthal in Independence Hall. While similar in
type, they are not identical. They vary in physiognomy and arrangement
of hair. There is nothing in the Emmet correspondence about this
25. Jacob Broom. There is no portrait and no information in the Emmet
26. James McHenry, Emmet 9490, inscribed "Etched by Albert Rosenthal
Phila. 1888." Rosenthal also painted a portrait for Independence
Hall "after Saint-Memin." They are not alike. The etching faces
three-quarters to the right, whilst the St. Memin is a profile portrait.
In January, 1885, Henry F. Thompson, of Baltimore, wrote to Dr. Emmet:
"If you wish them, you can get Portraits and Memoirs of James McHenry
and John E. Howard from their grandson J. Howard McHenry whose address
is No. 48 Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore."
27. Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, Emmet 9494, inscribed "Etched by
Albert Rosenthal Phila. 1888 after Trumbull." Rosenthal also painted a
portrait for Independence Hall. They are not identical. A drawn visage
is presented in the latter. In January, 1885, Henry F. Thompson of
Baltimore, wrote to Dr. Emmet: "Mr. Daniel Jenifer has a Portrait of
his Grand Uncle Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer and will be glad to make
arrangements for you to get a copy of it.... His address is No. 281
Linden Ave, Baltimore." In June, of the same year, Simon Gratz wrote to
Emmet: "The Dan. of St. Thos. Jenifer is so bad, that I am almost afraid
to give it to Rosenthal. Have you a better photograph of this man (from
the picture in Washington [sic.]), spoken of in one of your letters?"
28. Daniel Carroll, Emmet 9492, inscribed "Etched by Albert Rosenthal,
Phila. 1888." Henry F. Thompson, of Baltimore, in January, 1885, wrote
to Dr. Emmet: "If you will write to Genl. John Carroll No. 61 Mount
Vernon Place you can get a copy of Mr. Carroll's (generally known as
Barrister Carroll) Portrait."
29. John Blair, Emmet 9500, inscribed "Albert Rosenthal Etcher." He also
painted a portrait for Independence Hall. The two are of the same type
but not alike. The etching is a younger looking picture. There is no
evidence in the Emmet correspondence.
30. James Madison, Jr., Emmet 9502, inscribed "Etched by Albert
Rosenthal Phila. 1888 after Painting by G. Stuart." Stuart painted
several paintings of Madison, as shown in Mason, Life of Stuart, pp.
218-9. Possibly the Rosenthal etching was derived from the picture in
the possession of the Coles family of Philadelphia.
31. William Blount, Emmet 9504, inscribed "Etched by Albert Rosenthal
Phila. 1888." He also painted a portrait for Independence Hall. The two
are alike. In November, 1885, Moses White, of Knoxville, Tenn., wrote
thus: "Genl. Marcus J. Wright, published, last year, a life of Win.
Blount, which contains a likeness of him.... This is the only likeness
of Gov. Blount that I ever saw." This letter was written to Mr. Bathurst
L. Smith, who forwarded it to Dr. Emmet.
32. Richard Dobbs Spaight, Emmet 9506, inscribed "Etched by Albert
Rosenthal Phila. 1887." In Independence Hall is a portrait painted by
James Sharpless. On comparison these two are of the same type but not
alike. The etching presents an older facial appearance. On November 8,
1886, Gen. John Meredith Read, writing from Paris, said he had found in
the possession of his friend in Paris, J. R. D. Shepard, "St. Memin's
engraving of his great-grandfather Governor Spaight of North Carolina."
In 1887 and 1888, Dr. Emmet and Mr. Gratz were jointly interested in
having Albert Rosenthal engrave for them a portrait of Spaight. On
December 9, 1887, Gratz wrote to Emmet: "Spaight is worthy of being
etched; though I can scarcely agree with you that our lithograph is
not a portrait of the M. O. C. Is it taken from the original Sharpless
portrait, which hangs in our old State House? ... However if you are
sure you have the right man in the photograph sent, we can afford to
ignore the lithograph."
33. Hugh Williamson, Emmet 9508, inscribed "Etched by Albert Rosenthal
after Painting by J. Trumbull Phila. 1888," Rosenthal also painted
a copy "after John Wesley Jarvis" for Independence Hall. The two are
undoubtedly from the same original source. The Emmet correspondence
presents no information on this subject.
34. John Rutledge, Emmet 9510, inscribed "Etched by Albert Rosenthal
Phila. 1888 after J. Trumbull." The original painting was owned by the
Misses Rutledge, of Charleston, S. C.
35. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Emmet 9519, inscribed "Etched by Albert
Rosenthal Phila. 1888. Painting by Trumbull." An oil miniature on wood
was painted by Col. John Trumbull, in 1791, which is in the Yale School
of Fine Arts. Pinckney was also painted by Gilbert Stuart and the
portrait was owned by the family at Runnymeade, S. C. Trumbull's
portrait shows a younger face.
36. Charles Pinckney, Emmet 9514, inscribed "Etched by Albert Rosenthal
Phila. 1888." He also painted a portrait for Independence Hall. They are
alike. In the Emmet correspondence the following information, furnished
to Dr. Emmet, is found: "Chas. Pinckney - Mr. Henry L. Pinckney of
Stateburg [S. C.] has a picture of Gov. Pinckney." The owner of this
portrait was a grandson of the subject. On January 12, 1885, P. G.
De Saussure wrote to Emmet: "Half an hour ago I received from the
Photographer two of the Pictures [one being] Charles Pinckney copied
from a portrait owned by Mr. L. Pinckney - who lives in Stateburg, S. C."
The owner had put the portrait at Dr. Emmet's disposal, in a letter of
December 4, 1884, in which he gave its dimensions as "about 3 ft. nearly
square," and added, "it is very precious to me."
37. Pierce Butler, Emmet 9516, inscribed "Etched by Albert Rosenthal
Phila. 1888." He also painted a portrait for Independence Hall. They are
dissimilar and dubious. Three letters in the Emmet correspondence refer
to the Butler portraiture. On January 31, 1887, Mrs. Sarah B. Wister,
of Philadelphia, wrote to Dr. Emmet: "I enclose photograph copies of
two miniatures of Maj. Butler wh. Mr. Louis Butler [a bachelor then over
seventy years old living in Paris, France] gave me not long ago: I did
not know of their existence until 1882, & never heard of any likeness of
my great-grandfather, except an oil-portrait wh. was last seen more
than thirty years ago in a lumber room in his former house at the n. w.
corner of 8th & Chestnut streets [Phila.], since then pulled down."
On February 8th, Mrs. Wister wrote: "I am not surprised that the two
miniatures do not strike you as being of the same person. Yet I believe
there is no doubt of it; my cousin had them from his father who was Maj.
Butler's son. The more youthful one is evidently by a poor artist, &
therefore probably was a poor likeness." In her third letter to Dr.
Emmet, on April 5, 1888, Mrs. Wister wrote: "I sent you back the photo.
from the youthful miniature of Maj. Butler & regret very much that I
have no copy of the other left; but four sets were made of wh. I sent
you one & gave the others to his few living descendants. I regret
this all the more as I am reluctant to trust the miniature again to
a photographer. I live out of town so that there is some trouble in
sending & calling for them; (I went personally last time, & there are no
other likenesses of my great grandfather extant.)"
38. William Few, Emmet 9518, inscribed "Etched by Albert Rosenthal
Phila. 1888." He also painted a portrait "after John Ramage," for
Independence Hall. They are identical.
39. Abraham Baldwin, Emmet 9520, inscribed" Etched by Albert Rosenthal
Phila. 1888." There is also a painting "after Fulton" in Independence
Hall. They are of the same type but not exactly alike, yet likely from
the same original. The variations may be just artist's vagaries. There
is no information in the Emmet correspondence.
40. William Jackson, Secretary, Emmet 9436, inscribed "Etched by Albert
Rosenthal Phila. 1888 after Painting by J. Trumbull." Rosenthal also
painted a copy after Trumbull for Independence Hall. They are identical.