Style1½ inches thick (3.75 cm) Product Details Artist grade canvas, archival inks, wooden stretcher bars, and UVB protective coating
AvailablityUsually ships within five business days. ArtistDave Catts Platinum Member CollectionAmerica_USA
Description Historians, curators, preservationists: this is no longer the 'Engrossed Copy' (or 'Stone Engraving' of 1820) of the Declaration of Independence from the National Archives; but as the 'Fair Copy' no longer exists, even the republished text versions, the 'Dunlap Broadside', the 'Goddard Broadside', the 'Sussex Declaration', and even this 'Matlack Declaration' are reproductions of the lost 'Fair Copy' reference by Thomas Jefferson; yet some reprintings are rare, treasured and very expensive. So, set your opinions aside, as this 'Enhanced Copy' is available to the general public to read, admire, and display proudly; with 'No Artist Markup': John Adams, a leader for independence, persuaded the committee of the Second Continental Congress to select Thomas Jefferson to compose the original draft, which Congress edited to produce the final version. Signed by 56 delegates in the Pennsylvania State House (now 'Independence Hall') in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1776. Jefferson's original draft is in the Library of Congress, complete with changes made by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, as well as Jefferson's notes to Congress. The best-known version of The Declaration (shown here) is a signed copy at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and which is popularly regarded as the official document. This later version was the 'Engrossed Copy' ordered by Congress on July 19 and signed on August 2, 1776. Also as the 'Parchment Copy', was handwritten by clerk Timothy Matlack, by Congressional resolution: the 'Two typos/inserts'? Fixed! The 'missing period'? Fixed! 'Blemishes'? Fixed! JPEG compression 'noise'? Fixed! It is 'cleaned up', TIFF uncompressed, 9500 pixels high, 8005 pixels wide: it is now the 'Enhanced Copy, 2018'; ... with no 'Artist Mark-Up' in the price! Display it proudly, at cost! Remember: it ain't the old parchment and ink that's important: it is the words, and the meaning behind them.
Dave Catts, last time I checked Member Since May 2007 Artist Statement I am retired and now pixel-paint as a hobby so see my development Website. Graduated University of Idaho, College of Mines and Earth Resources (1977-1982) B. S. Geography cum laude and B. S. Cartography cum laude 1982, "Meritorious Achievement Award", geographer 1982 and Latah County Mapping Project 1977-1982; then National Geographic Society, Cartographic Division (1983-1986); then U. S. Geological Survey, Office of Research (1986-2003), "Superior Service Award" 1991: cartographic researcher in analog-to-digital mapping, three-dimensional modeling and landscape visualization: geographic information science and geographic Information systems. I am retired and pixel-paint artistic maps as a hobby.
I was born in Philadelphia and grew up in southern New Jersey (The Garden State), moved to The Netherlands (Holland) as a teenager and back to Moorestown for high school, the Palouse Hills of Idaho, then Maryland, the foothills west of Denver, Colorado, then Saint Croix USVI and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a family house in Delaware and now in the central United States. A travelogue from The Palouse Hills of Idaho to the Loess Hills of western Iowa ... two areas of "wind-blown silt" (loess) from ice dam breaks of ancient Lake Missoula (Montana) west on the Columbia River (Winter Wheat) and east the Missouri River (Corn) as glaciation retreated northward and the wind took silt eastward as dunes.
See my pixel-painting image process at www.LoggishSpear.com
Many of these images do not have cartographic treatment (lines, text, symbols) and that is intentional. They are overhead views of large three-dimensional environmental models of Earth that can be used as cartographic background, with the ink saturation toned down, and line work and text added in desktop publishing, geographic information systems, or 3D modeling programs. When displayed on the wall, they become a challenge to find yourself geographically; which then deviates to an environmental perspective. The image becomes a riddle, a challenge and a puzzle to solve using our environment as the game-board; and then discuss your observations ... hopefully not with yourself ... by turning to a friend to start a conversation, you compare notes and then, Yikes!... now you are talking about the wonderful and beautiful planet we live on, and how underappreciated it is ... so, you better Thank God for the gift of Planet Earth, eh? Let's keep it in good working order, and stop screwing it up! He might get mad, and there would be Hell to Pay, ... if you know what I mean.
"I will spend my Heaven doing Good on Earth" - Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin of Alençon (b.1873) and Lisieux (d.1897), France ... Saint Theresa of Lisieux or who we called "Little Flower"