1854 Engraving World Leaders Franklin Pierce Queen Victoria Historic Portraits


"Portraits of All of the Principal Rulers in the Known World at the Present Time"

This is an original set of two 1854 black and white in-text wood engravings with portraits of the world rulers of the mid-19th century: President Franklin Pierce (USA); Isabella II, Queen of Spain; Nicholas, Emperor of Russia; Oscar, King of Sweden and Norway; Frederick William IV, King of Prussia; Santa Anna, President of Mexico; Napoleon III of France; Leopold, King of the Belgians; Abdul Medjid, Sultan of Turkey; Victoria, Queen of England; Maria II of Portugal; Maximilian, King of Bavaria; William III of Holland; Xianfeng, Emperor of China; Pius IX, Pope of Rome; Franz Joseph I of Austria; Frederick VII, King of Denmark; and Victor Emmanuel, King of Sardinia. Please see both images.


This 160+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. No creases. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note: There is printing on the verso.

  • Product Type: Original In-Text Wood Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10.25 x 14 inches; 26 x 36 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is pleased to present a collection of antique wood engravings from the 1854 Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion. Founded by "the father of illustrated journalism" Frederick Gleason in 1851, this 19th century illustrated periodical was published in Boston, Massachusetts. It provides an excellent historical record of people, places, and events important to mid-Victorian America.