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Index: [ Presidential series | Group prints ]
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Please note that though we try to keep these pages up to date, we may have other Presidential portraits not listed here.
Please contact us if you would like a current list of any President, and also visit our page of small portraits.


Group Images

Presidents
Nathaniel Currier's 1844 Presidential Group

The Gale listing includes six versions of Currier's popular group portrait issued in 1844, each showing Polk as "President Elect." The following are hand colored, small folio prints issued by N. Currier in 1844. Each shows Washington, just above an image of the Declaration of Independence, and surrounded by the following ten Presidents.



Currier & Ives. [The first eleven presidents depicted individually with a single extra print celebrating them.] All twelve in early nineteenth century frames typical of those fashioned by N. Currier and C. Ives. Stone lithography with water colors. Small folios. To 1845. All prints stable. Framed with archival materials.

An impressive array of portraits of the first eleven presidents from Washington to James K. Polk who in 1845 was "President Elect" about to begin his presidency as the administration that added more square miles to the lands of the United States than any other administration before or since. Acquiring this collection required a previous owner to assemble this set over a twenty five year period. Some such as Washington, John Adams, and Jackson are numerous, but others such as J.Q. Adams, Van Buren and Harrison are scarcer. The twelfth and key print features the signing of the Declaration of Independence in the center. The set $6,800



1846 Presidential banner
"The Presidents of the United States." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1846. 28 x 37. Lithograph by P.S. Duval. Original hand color. Wall hanging, mounted on linen and with original rollers. Some typical surface cracking, but professionally conserved and mounted on new linen. Denver.

Wall hangings showing the Presidents of the United States were a popular item in the 1840s. Printed on sheets of paper which were then joined and attached to linen backing and varnished, these would have hung in many homes, offices and schools around the country. Few, though, have survived over the years in good condition and this is a particularly handsome example. It was produced in Philadelphia by two important figures involved in American publishing: S. Augustus Mitchell, the leading map publisher of the time, and P.S. Duval, the preeminent lithographer of the day. It includes portraits of the first eleven Presidents, surrounding a shield with the crests of the 28 states (including Texas, admitted the year before this print was published). This terrific print would have appealed to Americans then full of pride and ready to expand their nation both in the northwest (the Oregon Question was settled by treaty in 1846) and the southwest (the Mexican War started the same year). $2,600



Presidents, First Century
"Presidents Of The United States Of America, First Century." Washington: T.S. Arthur & Son., 1876. Engraving by J.R. Rice. 14 1/4 x 22 7/8. Strong impression. Very good condition.

A striking group portrait of the Presidents of the United States issued at the time of the Centennial. This engraving, with the images based "From Authentic Portraits," was issued in Washington, D.C. and it distinctively celebrates the Chief Executives of the "First Century." 18 oval portraits are laid out on an engraved background and the quality of the engraving, with the rich impression, makes this gallery a most impressive decorative as well as historical document. Facsimile signatures of the Presidents are placed below the image. We have not found any reference to this print, nor have we seen it before, so it is rare as it is wonderful. $950



America's Greatest Patriots
"America's Greatest Patriots." Chicago: Kurz & Allison, [1890]-1891. Ca 16 1/2 x 22. Lithograph. Very good condition.

On September 6, 1901, a third President, William McKinley, was shot and killed in Buffalo, New York. This print, by the Chicago firm of Kurz & Allison, is an updated version of the print above, with McKinley now joining the pantheon of Washington, Lincoln and Garfield. $575



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