[n.p. Jacques Reich? 1883?]. Portrait, 6" x 7-5/8,", backed on stock measuring 6-3/4" x 8-3/4." Sketch bust portrait of Stephens in a suit, angled to the left, "Gov. Alexander H. Stephens, 1883" in neat ink manuscript at bottom center beneath portrait. India ink sketch versus print, as the portrait has a slight raised texture to it. No imprint on the card, but a pencil notation on the verso attributes it to Jacques Reich. Two rubberstamps on verso, "AM. BK". May be a proof to be used in a book, but unclear. The sketch is similar to an illustration of Stephens printed in "A COMPILATION OF THE MESSAGES AND PAPERS OF THE CONFEDERACY", Volume 1, printed in 1906, page 172. Minor dust, small crack at bottom right corner of the backing, very light waterstain. Very Good.
Alexander H. Stephens [1812-1883] was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1836-1842, a State Senator from 1842-1843, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1843-1859, Vice-President of the Confederate States from 1861-1865, U.S. Congressman from Georgia [again] 1873-1882, and the 50th Governor of Georgia from 1882-1883.
Jacques Reich [1852-1923], a Hungarian portrait artist who immigrated to the United States in 1873, was renowned for his pen and ink drawings and etchings of famous Americans. He provided many portraits in "Appletons Cyclopaedia", "Cyclopaedia of Paints and Paintings", "Scribner's Magazine", and other well known publications. Item #37019