Chromolithograph Antique Abraham Lincoln Portrait Framed 1864 E.c. Middleton For Sale
Here is an absolutely fantastic original Chromolithograph of Abraham Lincoln dated to 1864!!! This piece has a fantastic history as you will read below. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a fantastic piece of history!!!! Frame size: 19 "x 22 " inches. Print size: 14" x 17.25" inches. The fantastic old frame pictured accompanies this print. See pictures to determine age, but it looks the same as the portrait! The Portrait itself is in fantastic condition! One of the finest examples you will find on the internet!
This portrait is in Pristine condition! I dare not take it out of the frame as it is nailed in, so I cannot speak as to the edges and anything covered by the frame (which isn't much). What is exposed under the glass is in pristine condition! There are DEFINITELY no rips, holes or wrinkles on the front, or back, of the exposed portion of the print. I don't see any water damage, though I'm no expert. What I can say is I don't see any flaws in the exposed portrait, front or back. The exposed edges I can see appear to be well fastened to the inner wood frame with period correct tacks. I searched a number of examples online and this is one of the finest I've seen. I know, I know, I'm the one selling it, but seriously, it is in amazing shape, and not just for it's age, it is in really amazing shape. The glass could use a cleaning (or replacing with age appropriate glass, in my opinion) and appears newer (probably UV glass which explains the vibrant color after all these years). I'm not sure if it's the chromolithograph process or it's great maintenance over the years, but you can still see where the edges of the lapels and rest of the jacket edges have a shine versus the flatter black of the rest of the suit! Even the bow tie exhibits this fantastic contrasting detail! It really is amazing! The frame is plaster on wood. As is usually the case, there is some chipping on the unexposed rim where the frame meets wall. There are two very small cracks in the plaster on the front 90 and 180 (3 and 9 o'clock if it suits you), but they don't really need to be repaired. The coloring over the cracks is good, which leads me to believe the frame was painted at some point. Looking at the wood back of the frame it appears to be of the same age and style as the canvas frame of the picture. It is truly a fantastic piece; I don't know what else to say. I would happily take it back if you aren't in agreement. If you can pry it out of my hands though, I don't think you'll regret it!
The back of this Chromolithograph is stamped as follows:
WARRANTED OIL COLORS
Entered according to Act of Congress in the year
1864 by E.C. Middleton in the Clerk’s Office of
the District Court for the Southern District of
WARRANTED OIL COLORS
Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1864 by E.C. Middleton in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Cincinnati.
History of this piece:
“Intrigued by the language on the backs of the photographs and because of the Cincinnati reference, we contacted Sixth Circuit Historian Rita Wallace to see what she might know about the matter. Here’s what she learned from fellow historian John A. Lupton, who serves as historian for the Illinois Supreme Court Historical Preservation Commission in Springfield, Illinois. In antebellum America and into the late 19th century, when someone published a book or copyrighted a work, Lupton said, one way they could protect their work from infringement was to go to the U.S. Circuit Court or District Court in the area in which they lived and register it. Lupton said Middleton lived in Cincinnati, so his home court was the Southern District of Ohio in Cincinnati. Middleton was widely regarded as one of the pioneers of chromolithography, which combined the process of photography with lithography to create color portraits. Middleton also did a famous chromolithograph of Abraham Lincoln based on an 1864 portrait of Lincoln, Lupton said. Each of the chromolithographs is valued at from $300 to $1,500, depending on its condition. Court historian Wallace said she has received inquiries previously about Middleton’s art pieces because of the Cincinnati reference on the back.” From the Court Historical Society Newsletter:” Eastern District of Tennesee, September, 2010.
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