Publishing and Publicizing the Declaration of Independence William Stone

Courtesy of the Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D. C.

William Stone


William J. Stone, engraver, lithographer, and sculptor, was born in London, England and was brought to America as a child in 1804. After studying engraving under Peter Maverick in New York, he established a firm in Washington, D.C. in 1815 where he did a significant amount of work for the federal government. He is best known for his 1823 copper plate engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a copy of which is on display in this exhibit. Stone retired to pursue artistic endeavors in 1840. He died in Washington in 1865.

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