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William Strahan by Unknown Artist, 1765

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AO 118.9 x 84.1 46.8 x 33.1
A2 59.4 x 42.0 23.4 x 16.5
A3 42.0 x 29.7 16.5 x 11.7
A4 29.7 x 21.0
11.7 x 8.3
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    Archival Giclée Art Print

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    Limited Edition of 100

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    Collectible museum-grade fine art print, hand-printed in England and individually finished with a monogram emboss. Each sale directly supports the artisan. Listed dimensions include a white border for easy framing.


    William Strahan is not a familiar figure to us today. But during his life he was a colossus. He might be thought of today as being something of a proto-Rupert Murdoch. Having arrived in London from his native Edinburgh with nothing in the mid-1730s, he set up an increasingly successful printing business. By the 1770s this had expanded substantially to cover a series of streets north of Fleet Street. He printed the work of Samuel Johnson, David Hume, Tobias Smollett, Laurence Sterne, John Hawkesworth, Edward Gibbon, and Adam Smith. He also tidied up the prose of these writers – quite a feat. Strahan also became an MP and the king’s printer but today he is perhaps best remembered for his very close relationship with the Founding Father Benjamin Franklin. This friendship was severely tested by the outbreak of war in 1775. – Peter Moore

    Taken: c.1765
    Artist: Unknown Artist
    Remaster & Colorization: 
    Joshua Barrett
    Original Format:
    Oil on canvas
    Commercial Use: 
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    Presented on 310gsm Hahnemühle German Etching®; a traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure.


    "A Man Called William Strahan"

    William Strahan by Unknown Artist, 1765
    William Strahan by Unknown Artist, 1765
    William Strahan by Unknown Artist, 1765
    William Strahan by Unknown Artist, 1765
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    Part of a Limited Edition Collaboration with author Peter Moore

    To mark the release of his new book 'Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness', bestselling historian Peter Moore has worked with us in curating a collection of fine-art prints inspired by the hidden roots of the Declaration of Independence, and has signed an exclusive Ex Libris edition of his book, only available through Unseen Histories.

    The Collection

    Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

    Britain and the American Dream (1740–1776)

    • Scintillating

      "What a scintillating read. Atmospheric yet analytical, well-paced yet deeply probing, Moore’s book delivers striking new perspectives ... I loved it."

      DAISY DUNN, author of Not Far From Brideshead

    • Absorbing

      "A wealth of unexpected influences and connections, a trove of gripping stories, and a vibrant company of characters. A wonderfully absorbing and stimulating book."

      SARAH BAKEWELL, author of At the Existentialist Café

    • Immersive

      "A rich and immersive intellectual history ... Moore’s fluid prose is infused with the ‘boisterous’ excitement of the era’ ... This is a pleasure."

      PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)