Membership Certificate for the Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, Arts, and Manufactures

c. 1800 Date:
Designed by Jd. Brunel; engraved by Gideon Fairman (1774-1827) Designer
Stipple and line engraving with etching on wove paper Medium
12 7/8 H x 16 3/4 W Dimensions
Albany Institute of History & Art Library Credit
Ser2/F1/num1/CER Catalogue number
DI 498 Digital ID

In 1791 the Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, Arts, and Manufactures (SPAAM), the progenitor of the present Albany Institute of History & Art, was founded in New York City, then the capital of New York State. Members received an elegantly engraved certificate graced with allegorical figures of Liberty and Justice. A playful group of putti engage in artistic and scientific activities at the top.

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