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Scarce mezzotint engraving of General Nathanael Green, created and signed in pencil by S. Arlent Edwards.

]The full-length portrait of General Greene shows him prepared for battle with his troops in the background, and was made from an original painting by C.W. Peale, circa 1783. Green worked his way through the ranks to become Major General of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War, and succeeded in becoming George Washington's most gifted and dependable officer.  

 This mezzotint was copied from an original painting by Edward Savage from 1793, and was published by Joseph F. Sabin in New York.

Born in England in 1862, S. Arlent Edwards studied art and architecture before becoming known for his mezzotint reproductions of well-known paintings. He moved to New York in 1890 to become a book illustrator and began to revive the art of single-print mezzotint engravings in color which had not been in use since the late eighteenth century. Edwards was known for inking and printing the plates on his own, and then only printing a limited number of copies before destroying each plate. This set of prints includes portraits of George Washington and General Nathanael Greene.