Franklin Pierce by Jacques Reich, Original Pen and Ink Drawing, circa 1885

Presented is an original drawing of Franklin Pierce by Jacques Reich. Reich completed the portrait on an art board, using black pen and ink. The drawing is a head and shoulders portrait of our 14th President, facing right of center. Pierce is wearing a dark top coat and vest, white shirt, and dark necktie. Reich completed the portrait in the mid 1880s, using the 1858 Presidential portrait of Franklin Pierce by G. P .A . Healey as inspiration. 

Jacques Reich was Hungarian-born portrait artist and etcher, active mainly in the United States. After studying at the National Academy of Design in New York and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Reich established a studio in New York City in 1885. Working on private commissions and portrait designs for Appelton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography and Scribner’s Cylodaedia of Painters and Paintings, Reich honed his portraiture technique and skill. In addition he made many pen and ink illustrations for magazines and text books.

In the early 1890s, Reich began working on copper plates, etching a series of 14 portraits of American and English artists, writers, and poets. Reich completed a series of etched portraits titled “Famous Americans”, which number 25 subjects, and include Hamilton, Franklin, Carnegie, Curtis, Roosevelt, Washington, Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. 


Very good condition. Original pen and ink drawing on board, using black ink. Image is strong with minimal fading. Faint natural vertical surface crease in the art board, but does not touch Pierce's head. Jacques Reich’s name noted on verso, with a prior penciled date "1870s." Unframed. Dimensions 6 ¾” H x 5 ½” W.

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