STRIKING CONTEMPORARY PORTRAIT OF GRANT, HANDSOMELY FRAMED
MIDDLETON, E.C. Framed Grant portrait. Cincinnati: E.C. Middleton, 1866. Paper on canvas, oval image measures 13-1/2 by 16-1/2 inches; original gilt-painted frame, entire piece measures 19 by 22 inches. $6500.
Contemporary chromolithographic portrait of Grant, laid on canvas, in handsome original gilt frame.
Cincinnati engraver Elijah C. Middleton used a unique method of lithography—printing on canvas-backed paper in oil-based inks—to produce color images of unusually high quality that were still affordable. Starting around 1861, his portraits—often of figures such as George and Martha Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Webster or General Grant—were prized not just locally, but even drew the attention of East Coast markets and competitors.
With one minor spot of professional repair. Near-fine in the original gilt-painted frame.