1864 Chromolithograph Portraits
I got them from a cousin, Dorothy, who lived to be 102 and swore she was only 99. And she was a descendant of Martha Washington.
Oh, really? Okay. Now, these are actually prints,
..but they look like oil paintings. They were done by a man named E.C. Middleton, who was a well-known lithographer in Cincinnati. And he developed a process of creating these portraits of famous people where they really did look like oil paintings. These were done in 1864. They were printed on canvas, and they're in these original frames. They actually would not have had glass on them. And my recommendation to you is to remove the glass, because then they'd look even more like oil paintings.
They were intended to look like oil paintings, so people could afford to have something really nice to hang in their home. And he was the best at it. They were very, very popular. Not many survived, but these are in very good shape. They're very clear, good images, and that's what you want to see. And I hate to say it-- George is more popular than Martha. But as a pair, it's nice. And in a retail shop, these would probably sell for about $650 to $700.
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