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Chase & Bachelder's American Museum of Art Woodblock

Framed Chase & Bachelder's American Museum of Art woodblock poster, Stafford & Co., Nottingham announcing the opening of a new museum in England.  An allegorical figure of Lady Liberty leads trains, covered wagons, coaches and prospectors across America. The image is based on the 1872 painting, American Progress by John Gast. Shortly after the painting was created, George Crofutt made a chromolithograph of the image which was widely circulated. To sell his print, he described the image as follows: "a diaphanously and precariously clad America floats westward through the air with the 'Star of Empire' on her forehead. She has left the cities of the East behind and the wide Mississippi, and still her course is Westward. In her right hand she carries a school book testimonial of the national enlightenment, while with her left, she trails the slender wires of the telegraph that will bind the nation. Fleeing her approach are Indians, buffalo, wild horses, bears and other game, disappearing into the storm and waves of the Pacific coast. They flee the wondrous vision-the star is too much for them." Dimensions: (sight) 36.75"h x 27"w; (overall) 39.12"h x 29.5"w. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $175.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Condition:

Toning and scattered areas of color loss greatest of left. Scattered small areas of discolorations, greatest at right and left margins. 6" horizontal crease mid right margin. Did not examine out of frame. Witherells strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherells. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions. Please be advised we do not provide porters nor packing material for pick ups.

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Estimate: $250 - $500
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Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms and Conditions. There will be no Buyers Premium. Methods of payment are cash, check, credit cards, money orders, or wire transfer for foreign payments.