We are offering this beautiful antique chromolithograph pastoral landscape of cows grazing on the banks of the Potomac, from a painting by John R. Key dated 1868, entitled "Afternoon on the Potomac". A small card is attached to the reverse "Wood's American Chromos, No. 639 Broadway, New York - American Landscape - Afternoon on the Potomac - After John R. Key - Published by H. Wood, Jr.".
Frame measures 18 3/4 inches by 12 1/4 inches, with a depth of 1 1/2 inches. Chromo measures 14 1/4 inches by 8 inches. Signature of J. R. Key in lower left corner with 1868 date.
Chromolithograph is quite realistic, with simulated brush strokes and wonderful detail that was difficult to capture in the images because of the glass. Any streaks and hazy areas are reflections. The circa 1870s black walnut frame has an elevated simulated tree bark center section and a gilt liner.
Condition: Chromolithograph and frame are both in very good condition. Gilt liner shows appropriate wear. Frame has some separation on the frame joints, but remains structurally sound. Paper covering on the back was replaced long ago. The edges were starting to come loose and it has been secured by archival mending tape.
John Ross Key was born in the 1830s and died in 1920. He was the grandson of Francis Scott Key, the author of the Star Spangled Banner. Many of his paintings were made into chromolithographs in the 1870s by Louis Prang.
This pastoral landscape is absolutely beautiful, much nicer than I was able to capture in the images.