19th c. Paper Reward of Merit Harbor Scene - Boston, MA
Early 19th c. paper reward of merit presented to George Hoskins. Very fine engraving of a harbor filled with ships, with merchant in the forefront, with horses and cart. 3.5" x 2"
Attributed to Nathaniel Dearborn (1786–1852) was an engraver and printer in 19th c. Boston, MA. He was born in 1786 to inventor Benjamin Dearborn. In Boston he learned engraving from Abel Bowen. By 1814 Dearborn worked from quarters on School Street; later moving to Market Street (ca.1823), State Street (ca.1826-1831) and 53 Washington Street (ca.1832–1852).
Notes from the American Antiquarian:
"Rewards of merit, small tokens of congratulation given to students for good behavior and scholastic accomplishments, have been utilized by teachers for generations. The practice was most popular during the nineteenth century when printing techniques evolved to make this form of ephemera more readily available. A majority of the surviving rewards of merit are printed, as opposed to hand drawn and painted examples that involved significant artistic effort."
"Rewards of merit, in addition to being examples of a nineteenth century classroom tool, reveal the progress of printing in America as well as the priorities of educators and disciplinarians of the time."
Spotting to paper ground. Not a square cut.