1835 “In Honour of Andrew Jackson, Twice President of the United States” Unique Engraved Print by Theodore Durand
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August, 1835-Dated Engraved Print, “Composed and Designed by Is. F. Bragg - Engraved by Theodore Durand Aug. 1835” of President Andrew Jackson, about 16.75” x 21.75”, Choice Very Fine.
Exceedingly Rare impressive presentation piece in honor of the sitting president. Engraved by Theodore Durand in August, 1835. Final legend at bottom reads: “Dedicated to Nathaniel Macon of N. Carolina as a Tribute to distinguished Political Consistency Disinterested Patriotism.”
Nathaniel Macon (1758-1837) was one of the most prominent and influential politicians of the nineteenth century. The 3.25” x 2.5” central portrait of President Andrew Jackson is beautifully and extensively highly embellished with a long text in a multitude of fonts, praising Jackson's exalted character and devoted patriotism.
No other copies of this elaborate composition have been traced in OCLC or located at auction. Overall light to medium tone to the heavy wove period paper. Minor edge irregularity would be easily covered when matted and framed for display, blank reverse toned from prior backing on display. Possibly a unique design. An exceedingly rare, desirable historical and highly political engraved print by Theodore Durand in 1835 and is lacking in virtually every Political and Presidential collection.
Nathaniel Macon (1758-1837), was one of the most prominent and influential politicians of the nineteenth century, Nathaniel Macon served as an advocate for the agricultural, social, and economic values of North Carolina.
In a long and distinguished political career, Macon held various positions including U. S. Representative (with tenure as Speaker of the House) and U. S. Senator. He became a staunch advocate for States’ rights and for Slavery, as agriculture was the foundation of the Southern economy. Through his guidance, Macon helped to define the political climate of the day and laid the foundation for Southern politics of the present day. Macon’s austere political philosophy was indicative of his rustic upbringing in North Carolina.
As the sixth child born to Gideon and Priscilla Macon on December 17, 1758, Nathaniel received a basic education at a makeshift school run by Charles Pettigrew in Bute (now Warren) County. In 1774, Macon was accepted to the College of New Jersey at Princeton, where he studied law among other topics. After graduation, Macon joined the New Jersey militia at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War.
Macon returned to North Carolina and was elected to the State Senate after the war’s conclusion. His election was to be the point of departure for an extensive career in politics, which included twenty-four years in the House of Representatives, followed by a tenure in the United States Senate lasting more than a decade. Macon retired from politics at the age of seventy, choosing to spend his remaining days at his plantation, known as “Buck Spring,” in Warren County. Macon died on June 29, 1837, and is buried near his house at Buck Spring.
Macon’s political philosophy was simple, blunt, and unreserved, yet he commanded the respect and admiration from notable figures such as Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, and James Monroe.
An ardent anti-federalist, Macon was wary of an overbearing federal government that strayed from guideposts of the Constitution, a pillar of the “Old Republican” ideology. In concordance with this belief, Macon declined several federal appointments, such as postmaster general. He was an outspoken critic against the Alien and Sedition acts of 1798, legislation that strengthened security at the expense of civil liberties. Fort Macon; Macon County; Macon, Georgia; and Virginia’s Randolph-Macon College were named in his honor.