Patrick Henry Reason was one of the few commercially active black engravers of the 1830’s and 40’s. He was the brother of Charles Reason , teacher and principal for a time at the Institute of Colored Youth. Patrick contributed a stunningly calligraphed version of Washington Irving’s poem,┬á“The Wife”, elegantly curved and shaded to appear as an elaborate engraving. Brother Charles contributed a poem on “True Happiness”.

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Patrick Henry Reason

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