Circa 1865 chromolithograph print "Birthplace of Whittier, The Poet", (Haverhill, Massachusetts), 16 1/2" by 25 1/2" (22 1/2" by 32" as framed), published by Louis Prang of Boston and bearing his blue canvas stamp on the reverse, the artist being THOMAS HILL (1829-1908), the noted English-born painter who went on to work in New England and then the American West including California. His important paintings of such western wonders as Yosemite now bring hundreds of thousands of dollars; this image of Whittier's birthplace would have been one of his earlier works. Louis Prang issued chromolithographs in various quality levels, and this example is one of those at the highest level, the work being laid on canvas, complete with wood stretchers. There is the attractive old original gold frame too (with a few losses). This piece was found in eastern Connecticut. It is in fair to good condition, showing its antiquity (150 years old!), with a small puncture/irregularity (as shown), as well as some darkening of parts of the image; and it appears that at some point someone might have tried to clean it by rubbing, leaving evidence of that, as shown. Nevertheless, considering it's that old, and has never been protected by glass, this is a clear survivor. It belongs in an antique house where it should be good for another 150 years of display. Since I am allowed only nine images, feel free to ask for more photos illustrating the condition issues. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER WORKS OF ART NOW IN MY SHOP.
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