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[George Washington portrait] Washington Benevolent Society, Pro Patria / Washington Benevolent Society. Np, c. 1810. Unsigned stipple engraved oval portrait 2 x 1; with engraved title 3 x 1. BW. Printed on a 6 x 4 leaf. Lightly age-toned, diagonal creases not affecting portrait. Attached with a period hand-made straight pin to the title page of the Dublin edition of Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, 1784. Old ownership signature of Samuel Marsh on the title page. $250.00

This image is usually found printed on silk or vellum campaign ribbons, "among the earliest mass-produced partisan objects in American political history." Melden, Hail to the Candidate / Presidential Campaigns From Banners to Broadsides, p. 65. The Society was founded in New York City in 1808 by supporters of the Federalist Party and spread quickly with chapters in New Jersey and Rhode Island. Members received certificates of Washington's Farewell Address, and wore ribbons featuring his portrait with the slogan "Pro Patria" when marching in parades. Scarce.

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