1818 Declaration of Independence Broadside Engraved by Benjamin Owen Tyler
This is a stunning 1818 engraving of the Declaration of Independence, the first engraved broadside of our nation's founding document. The year 1815 saw the conclusion of the United States' second war with Britain, the War of 1812, and our American nationalism peaked in its wake. Entrepreneurial publishers hoped to fill this demand and rushed to produce the first engraved printing of the Declaration of Independence. This printed broadside is a large folio, measuring 32"H x 26.75"W. It has moderate paper toning, and several small stains, due to age and past display. The document has several small tears, and loss to the upper right corner, all of which have been stabilized and corrected by a professional paper conservator in May of 2020. The engraving has been beautifully framed to archival conservation standards in a custom-built black and gold wooden frame, with gold spandrels, a black linen top mat, and UV plexiglas. Framed dimensions: 49.5"H x 43.5"W x 2.5"D.