John Sartain: Friendship’s Offering 1848

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Friendship’s Offering was an annual anthology that appeared for at least a few decades in the mid 19th century, starting in the early 1820’s.   Regular contributors and editors over the years included Mary Shelley, M. A. Browne, Mary Roberts, Alicia Jane Sparrow, Grace Aguilar and others who wrote either under their own name or anonymously.   Often, instead of by name authors were identified as “Author of ‘Reveries of the Sanctum'” or some other piece.

At some point, John Sartain started contributing illustrations, often engravings of famous works by classical artists (sculptors, painters, etc.).  Sartain was a pioneer of American engraving, influencing almost all who came after him.  He introduced the use of mezzotints in America, and I am fairly sure the engravings in this book are in that style.  If not, they are closely related.

Some editions are available, complete with low quality Sartain plates, at Google Books. The 1852 edition is HERE.  The 1855 edition HERE.

Title:  Friendship’s Offering, A Christmas, New Year, and Birthday Present for MDCCCXLVIII
Author:  Miss M. A. Browne, Mrs. Abdy, Calder Campbell, Esq., Anonymous, Miss Louisa H. Sheridan, N. Michell, Esq., Miss M. G. Wells, Lord Morpeth, E. Scaife, THe Hon. Charles Phipps, Fay Robinson, Mrs. Sutton.
Artist: John Sartain
Publisher: Phillips and Sampson
Date Published: 1848

The images below link to the gallery page where they can be downloaded in high resolution JPEG format.  They have all been edited for aging and discoloration.  I have included very large (3000 pixel) copies of these engravings.

Canova: Dancing Girl Reposing

Canova: Dancing Girl Reposing

Lawrence: Title Vignette

Lawrence: Title Vignette

Court: The Cage

Court: The Cage

Wright: Our Cottage Home

Wright: Our Cottage Home

Court: Mary

Court: Mary

Wright: Alexina

Wright: Alexina

Parris: The Roman Sisters

Parris: The Roman Sisters

Wright: The Harvesters

Wright: The Harvesters

Corbould: The Earthquake

Corbould: The Earthquake

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