Scarce early portrait of George Washington, engraved in London by C. Shepard from an original painting of Alexander Campbell of Williamsburg, Virginia.
An early mezzotint portrait of the Commander-in-Chief, executed anonymously but credited to "Alexander Campbell," a fictitious 18th-century artist. Produced at a time when there was high demand for prints of the already legendary but portraiture-shy leader. In jest, Washington’s aide-de-camp reportedly sent a copy of one of Campbell's spurious portraits to Mrs Washington. The Commander replied: "Mrs. Washington desires I will thank you for the Picture sent her. Mr Campbell whom I never saw (to my knowledge) has made a very formidable figure of the Commander in Chief giving him a sufficient portion of Terror in his Countenance".