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Landing of Columbus
ca. 1800
Edward Savage, painter (1761-1817); David Edwin, engraver (1776-1841); Edward Savage, publisher (1761-1817)
USA: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
engraving on paper on board
board/sheet: 23"h x 15"w
Gift of Miss Ruth L. Berry

Landing of Columbus stipple engraving; full length portrait of Christopher Columbus, standing with priest, soldiers; coastal scene and ships in background. Legend missing (see remarks).

An artist and entrepreneur, Edward Savage painted Columbus’s arrival in the West Indies in 1800. Savage owned a gallery in Philadelphia where he shared “a large collection of ancient & modern PAINTINGS & PRINTS” with the public for an admittance fee of 25¢ per person. Later, he ran his business in New York City, advertising that he sold engravings, including this one of Columbus, along with “many other Prints published by E. Savage.” Savage’s original paintings were among his gallery’s attractions.