About Our Original Lithograph Reproductions
The History of Jefferson Archives Publishing & Original Signature Stamped Lithograph Reproductions
After the death of artist William H. Jefferson in March of 1996 the Jefferson Family Archives were formed to preserve and protect all original works of art and lithograph reproductions created by Jefferson in his lifetime. Jefferson Archives Publishing,LLC, has since been established as the only authorized publisher and distributor for the Jefferson Family Archives.
In the mid-1980s when William Jefferson’s career as a fine artist was at a high-point, Jefferson authorized the limited reproduction of a select few of the original charcoal and graphite drawings he created. This resulted in the printing of 750 fine quality lithograph reproductions of each subject. Shortly after the printing and production process had been completed, many in the edition immediately sold to anxious collectors, but Jefferson soon fell ill and he did not complete the signing and numbering process to complete the editions. Many of the remaining lithographs were left unsigned by Jefferson and upon his hospitalization they were placed in archive by the family.
After Jefferson’s death in 1996, Jefferson Archives Publishing produced an ink stamp of Jefferson’s original signature and limited editions of the lithographs were then signature stamped, numbered, cataloged and placed in archive by the family.
In November of 2009, The Library of Congress, Washington D.C., added two of these same images to its permanent collection. To be forever preserved there along with countless other American treasures including the US Constitution.
Now, after nearly 30 years in archive, these original lithographs are now available for purchase.
Each individually signature stamped and numbered lithograph comes with a signed and dated Certificate of Authenticity.