Washington, George (1732-1799) First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of his Countrymen. Hartford, Connecticut: Kelloggs & Thayer, c. 1846-1848. Hand-colored full-length lithographic portrait, vivid coloring, matted and framed, 9 1/2 x 13 1/2 in.
"The Kellogg brothers [were] the only group of whom it is at all possible to say that they were for a time near rivals of Currier & Ives." (Peters, America on Stone, page 243).
Henry Lee III (1756-1818) was selected by Congress to deliver Washington's eulogy on December 26, 1799. He said in part: "First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in the humble and endearing scenes of private life. Pious, just, humane, temperate and sincere—uniform, dignified and commanding—his example was as edifying to all around him as were the effects of that example lasting. [...] Correct throughout, vice shuddered in his presence and virtue always felt his fostering hand. The purity of his private character gave effulgence to his public virtues. [...] Such was the man for whom our nation mourns."
Provenance: The Estate of David Spinney.
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