After Amos Doolittle (1754-1832). “The Death of General Washington."
Philadelphia: Pember & Luzarder, 1800. Approximately 19 x 21 3/43. Engraving in brown ink on cotton textile. Hand sewn rolled hem. Textile appears to be loosely sewn along the hem, using single long stitches, onto a backing textile. Entire textile has been stretched and mounted onto a very old 8 ply mat board using copper tacks. Initials “MLS” have been stitched into textile just below the image. Numerous old repairs to textile to five of the six cartouches with most repairs in top and bottom cartouches and in bottom of the image just above initials. Wear and few holes along printed border. Water stain from bottom of the textile into bottom of image and halfway up right hand side. Scattered spotting as to be expected. Else, fine condition. Very rare. In 19th century frame with some separation of bottom miters. Ref: Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth 1775 to the Present, #21. Sold as is. A/A
This rare textile depicts George Washington on his deathbed where he is being attended by Doctors Craik and Dick. A much distraught Martha Washington sits at the foot of his bed. The title cartouche includes the following information: "This most illustrious and much lamented Personage died on the 15th of Decr. 1799 in the 68th year of his Age, after a short illness of 30 hours in the full Possession of all his Fame, like a Christian and a Hero, calm and collected, without a groan and without a sigh." The main image is surrounded by five other cartouches with quotations from Henry Lee’s December 1799 eulogy before Congress.