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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Declaration of Independence and Portraits of the Presidents 1859

Another recent acquisition as I continue to build out my Declaration of Independence display. This one is The Declaration of Independence and Portraits of the Presidents. : Ledger Carrier's Annual Greeting to their Subscribers, 1859.

This appears to be an offset printed, colorized facsimile of what was originally a standard engraving. However, the effect is pleasant enough, the colors are muted and representational of the period. The colorization seems more vivid and pronounced in the photos here than in person.

It is marked: Engraved & printed by Illman & Sons, 603 Arch St. Philada., [1858]

Facsimile signatures, portraits of the first 15 US presidents, and Trumbull's painting of the signing.

Presidents' names and years each served are printed at the top. The last is President Buchanan. 1857.

Size is 17" x 22" inches, 43 x 56 cm.

With the right frame, this could be very nice indeed.

As soon as businesses begin opening up again, I plan on getting all of these new items framed for exhibit (these posts are being posted online during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic shut-downs). I will continue to post Declaration of Independence related exhibit items during the month of June. Hopefully, I can get the collection documented. Stay tuned.

Of course, these are all part of my "Christ, Creation, and the Declaration of Independence" series. Eventually leading up to the Semiquincentennial celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America.

-- Frank DeFreitas