July 4th, 1776

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
st 528 STG147 58

Picture of Declaration being Signed

Woven on silk:-
Declaration of Independence
July 4th 1776 

Printed at bottom of card-mount:-

Signing of the Declaration of Independence
July, 4th 1776

cm deep by cm wide

6.0cm high by 17.4cm wide

by Austin Sprake:
"Declaration of Independence July 4th 1776" woven into the silk. Often the additional title "The Signing of the Declaration of Independence July 4th 1776" is printed on the mount [as above], sometimes with the "Woven in pure silk at the World's Columbian Exposition Chicago 1893" identification as other silks.
Note: The picture is almost certainly copied from a painting by Turnbull in The Capitol, Washington, showing the presentation of the Declaration of Independence to the Congress of the American Colonies at the Pennsylvanian State House. 

by Geoffrey Godden:
This historical landscape picture has the short title DELARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, JULY 4th, 1776 woven in near the bottom left-hand corner of the picture, and also normally repeated on the card-mount.
The title was first included on label 29+38 of 1893 and the picture was probably first introduced at the 1893 Chicago Exhibition, for the early examples may be found with the special wording 'Woven in pure silk at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893' - wording which was not included on the card-mounts of post-1893 specimens.
The early examples were affixed to type C1 or type C4 card-mounts. Later examples will be found on type E mounts [the card-mount above is of type E1]. All specimens of this subject are rare and can have commanded little sale to British customers of the period.

Other comments:
This picture is found with various coloured table clothes, including brown.

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