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    Historic Original Reverse Silhouette Memorial Painting on Glass of George Washington Early 19th century reverse painting on glass, decorative framed wall memorial to General George Washington. Probably done around 1800 as a "first generation" Washington mourning item. A wonderful, decorative 12.5" x 10" oval memorial hanging display frame in commemoration of General George Washington. At the very center of this much larger display is a 4" hand painted image of George Washington, his face painted black for a classic "silhouette" effect, his military uniform jacket is painted blue, his shirt white, and his general's shoulder board is shown painted in metallic gold leaf. The immediate inner central background of the glass oval has been painted mauve, with a pale blue-gray square pattern within it adding to its decoration. Above Washington's head are three cherubim on a cloud, all having been painted in metallic gold leaf, as is an outstanding majestic Federal style Heraldic Eagle with its wings spread, being just below Washington, the American eagle bearing a patriotic shield. Below the eagle, at the lower edge is the painted name "GEORGE WASHINGTON." A 1/4" thick gold-leaf border lies within yet another decorative 1" outer black border surrounding the entire piece, and is housed in a gilt-painted wooden frame which should be retouched. Overall in excellent condition, there being little trace of any paint flaking or other detractions which so often plague early reverse paintings on glass. A lovely, fully original, very historic George Washington memorial display. Large size and exceptional quality make this the finest item of its type which we have handled.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
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