A university preservationist discovered the print while studying the 1811 book once owned by a 1773 graduate of Brown. The graduate’s descendants donated the book to the Rhode Island school.
The print shows Jesus and John the Baptist in the Jordan River. Revere’s name is featured on the bottom. Only five copies of the print are known to exist. Richard Noble, who catalogues rare items at Brown, says he has some unanswered questions, including Revere’s reasons for making the print.
The Boston silversmith and skilled engraver was a leading patriot before the Revolutionary War. He’s best known for his midnight ride to warn colonists of British troop movement.