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Antique Photogravure of original 1884 painting, Christopher Columbus at the Court of Ferdinand and Isabella, by artist, Vacslav Brozik

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    From the Portfolio , (late 1800's) One Hundred Crowned Masterpieces of Modern Painting being a collection of photogravures, from the most celebrated works of contemporary artists of all nations; with descriptions by J. E. Reed, A. M., and other writers; Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co., Publishers.

    Antique Photogravure #15, Volume I.

    This gravure was produced in 1888 on heavy, quality stock paper.

    Approximate Measurements: 11.75” X 17” with the image measuring 8” x 11.75”

    Very minor foxing on edges; Excellent condition.

    Signed and dated in the plate. Not a reprint or reproduction. The embossed edge of the plate imprint can be seen lightly around the image on the front and back.

    Description leaf is included in the sale and the script from 1888 reads the following:

    This great painting, which adorns the walls of the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the gift of New York’s eminent banker, Mr. Morris K. Jesup, is so intimately connected with American history that we might also term it the Beginning of the Discovery of America.

    Columbus, after having unsuccessfully laid his schemes for the discovery of a western world, before John II., King of Portugal and other sovereigns and scientific men in Europe, at the length applied to Spain, and although the Spanish Treasury was at that time exhausted by the Moorish wars, the generous and enterprising Isabella was attracted, and so far convinced of the sincerity of the navigator, that she called a Council of State, to allow Columbus an opportunity of laying his whole program before the august assembly, and when some murmurs of dissent were heard in the assembly, she silenced them by offering her jewels to defray the expenses of the expedition; and there are the jewels being brought in to prove the earnestness of her offer. (To the credit of Spain the expense of the venture was voted from the public treasury.) This is the scene of the picture. The contract between the sovereigns of Spain, and Columbus is about to be signed, and the discovery of the New World is about to be assured.

    Vacslav Brozik was born at Pilsen, Bohemia, in 1852, and studied at the Academy of Art in Prague, and under Piloty and Munkacsy. He received a medal of the second class at the Salon of 1878 for his great picture, The Embassy of the King of Bohemia and Hungary at the Court of Charles VII. of France, now in the Berlin Museum. He also gained medals at Berlin, Brussels and Munich. He is Chevalier of several Orders. At the Paris National Exhibition, 1883, he obtained the Cross of the Legion of Honor for his grand picture, Condemnation of John Huss by the Council of Constance, purchased by national subscription for the Prague Museum. Most of his smaller pictures are in private American collections.

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