Paul Revere Boston Massacre Illustrated Broadside - Goodspeed's 1908 Edition For Sale
Very Rare and wonderful, 1908 Charles Goodspeed / Sydney L. Smith Limited Edition of Paul Revere's iconic Revolutionary War Illustrated Broadside of the Boston Massacre titled "The Bloody Massacre perpetrated in King Street Boston on March 5th, 1790 by a party of the 29th Regt.". This stunningly beautiful Broadside was issued in an edition of 75 from a plate re-engraved by Sydney L. Smith and has been called by the American Antiquarian Society "Of all reproductions the most outstanding" in their cornerstone history of Revere's work titled "Boston Massacre, 1770" - American Antiquarian Society.
Offered here is No. 13 of 75 Broadsides which were printed before the original plate was destroyed. The plate was engraved by Sydney L. Smith and the Broadsides were exquisitely hand colored by his daughter. It is displayed exactly as Goodspeed distributed the engraving - in its original and beautiful, chip carved frame and backed with a dust cover that is actually the front page of the March 5th, 1781 of Draper and Folsom's "Independent Ledger and American Advertiser" newspaper published at Boston.
This outstanding Broadside measures approx. 9 3/4" by 11 1/2" and, as stated above, is framed for display in its original presentation frame (overall size of framed display is 11 3/4" by 13 1/2"). Sydney Smith did a simply amazing job with the hand re-engraving of the plate and the Broadside offered here has not only the "look" but the "feel" of the original as it existed shortly after its issue. Added to the original elements of the Revere Engraving is a line of text at the bottom of the sheet that reads "Published by Charles E. Goodspeed Boston, Mass / Re-Engraved By Sydney L. Smith / 1908" along with a small cartouche at the lower left hand corner with text that reads "No. 13 / Of An Edition of Seventy-Five And The Plate Destroyed".
This issue of Paul Revere's engraved view of the Boston Massacre has been widely touted as the finest and highest quality of any produced after the issue of the original in 1770. The American Antiquarian Society states : "Of all reproductions, the most outstanding is that completely re-engraved by Sidney L. Smith for Charles F. Goodpeed in 1908, and colored by Mr. Smithâ€™s daughter, Amy, issued in an edition of seventy-five copies. Mr. Goodspeed also engaged Sidney Smith, in
1904, to make a personal bookplate reproducing the Massacre on a minute scale."
This rare and wonderful Engraving is in excellent condition - it has never been removed from the frame that Goodspeed assembled 105 years ago. It is clean and crisp and beautiful with bold colors and no damage, wear, or repairs. The sheet is toned but this is "as issued". The frame is also exceptionally well preserved retaining its original, rich and warm surface patina with no damage, wear or repairs. The only wear is to the original, Revolutionary War era newspaper page that was used by Goodspeed as a dust cover on the reverse which does have some loss and wear.
We have found no recent sales of this highly limited issue but if you cannot spend the $150,000 that it takes to acquire an original Revere engraving of this iconic American View, the engraving offered here is certainly the next best thing! This engraving has actually been hanging in our home for decades and we have been loath to part with it but offer it here, as always without reserve and assure the high buyer that they will cherish it as we have!!
A Bit Mote about Revere's Original Engraving taken from "The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History website:
"By the beginning of 1770, there were 4,000 British soldiers in Boston, a city with 15,000 inhabitants, and tensions were running high. On the evening of March 5, crowds of day laborers, apprentices, and merchant sailors began to pelt British soldiers with snowballs and rocks. A shot rang out, and then several soldiers fired their weapons. When it was over, five civilians lay dead or dying, including Crispus Attucks, an African American merchant sailor who had escaped from slavery more than twenty years earlier.
"Produced just three weeks after the Boston Massacre, Paul Revereâ€™s historic engraving, â€œThe Bloody Massacre in King-Street,â€� was probably the most effective piece of war propaganda in American history. Not an accurate depiction of the actual event, it shows an orderly line of British soldiers firing into an American crowd and includes a poem that Revere likely wrote. Revere based his engraving on that of artist Henry Pelham, who created the first illustration of the episodeâ€”and who was neither paid nor credited for his work."
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Paul Revere Boston Massacre Illustrated Broadside - Goodspeed's 1908 Edition: $1,143