Rare Stevengraph STG #147, Signing of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Stevens of Coventry. Made in 1893 at the World's Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago. Stevens was very adept at drumming up business in new areas by moving one or more of his giant Jacquard silk weaving looms to an Exhibition site and starting production in front of the visitors to the Fair. He chose picture subjects that were likely to appeal to the public and local dealers and typical silks woven at Chicago, in addition to this one, were 'Columbus Leaving Spain', 'The Landing of Columbus' and 'George Washington'.
Good overall condition. Colours muted but both silk and mount is fine, undamaged condition. The back label is dirty but undamaged. At the moment the glass at the back of the frame is cracked but this will be replaced prior to shipping.
This has the printed sub-title "Woven in Pure Silk at The World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893'.
The mount is type C4, used in 1893 (page 57) and the back label is the version 23+31c (page 96) as detailed in G. Godden's book "Stevengraphs and other Victorian silk pictures", Barrie & Jenkins 1971.
The silk is STG #147 as listed in Austin Sprakes"s "Price Guide to Stevengraphs", 1972.