Presented is an ornamental lithographic broadside of the Declaration of Independence, artfully drawn by Gilman R. Russell. The lithograph was printed by John H. Bufford and published by William H. Fisk in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 1856.
The composition is roughly oval in shape, with the top formed by crossed quill pens surmounted by an eagle. The arched title just below the quills reads, "DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE". Below the eagle is a circular reserve with a scrollwork and floral border. The lettering within the reserve reads, “The Original of this was DESIGNED & EXECUTED entirely with a PEN BY GILMAN R. RUSSELL TEACHER OF Practical, Plain & Ornamental Writing AND Drawing.”
The text of the Declaration of Independence is printed in ornamental script, with decorative emphasis given to the first two lines of the document. The complete text of the Declaration is encircled by a grapevine border. The standing figure of George Washington is drawn at center, holding a sword in his left hand. Washington is fashioned in the pose of Gilbert Stuart's Lansdowne portrait.
“J.H. Bufford's Lith.” is printed just below the text. Printed at bottom is the copyright line, which reads, “PUBLISHED BY WM. H. FISK MANCHESTER, N.H, Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1856. by Gilman R. Russell, in the Clerks Office of the District Court of Mass.”
Black and white lithograph. Several short closed tears at edges, minor toning, lightly conserved and laid down on acid-free paper. Unframed dimensions: 27 3/4"H x 21 3/4"W.
Lithograph is framed in a custom gold star wooden frame with acid-free mats and UV conservation glass.
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