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The Village Blacksmith

George Patterson


Engraving after the painting by J. F. Herring (1795-1865).  Dated 1858-9.  32ÔÇØ T x 24ÔÇØ W.  Herring was inspired by the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem of the same name. This is the last engraving created by George Patterson before his death and the horse, in particular, was celebrated as one of the best depictions of its kind. The engraving was published exclusively for the members of the Cosmopolitan Art Association for the Fifth Year 1858-1859, and this image hung over the bed where President Lincoln died.

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