STRIKING 19TH-CENTURY CHROMOLITHOGRAPHIC PORTRAITS OF GEORGE AND MARTHA WASHINGTON, IN MATCHING OVAL GILT FRAMES
(WASHINGTON, George and Martha) MIDDLETON, E.C. Framed chromolithographic portraits. Cincinnati: E.C. Middleton, 1864. Together, two framed pieces. Paper on canvas, oval image measures 13-1/2 by 16-1/2 inches; handsomely framed, each piece measures 19 by 22 inches. $6500.
Mid-19th-century chromolithographic portraits of George and Martha Washington, laid on canvas, each in a contemporary 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.
A few minor cracks to frames, a few spots of discoloration to Martha Washington portrait, not touching her face. Near-fine condition.