[Print] The Spirit of the Union. Lo! on high the glorious form, of Washington lights all the gloom. Civil War, Edward Dechaux, pub, George Washington.

[Print] The Spirit of the Union. Lo! on high the glorious form, of Washington lights all the gloom.

[New York]: E. Dechaux, [1860]. 32 x 22.5 cm. image and text on 35 x 25 cm. sheet. Hand-colored Lithograph. 13 3/4 x 9 3/4 inch sheet. Toned else very good, one small chip to top margin, dampstain at lower corner not affecting image or text. Item #44302

Portrait of George Washington suspended in the clouds, with Capital buildings in the background above, and his grave and Mt. Vernon at the corners below. "Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1860, by E. Dechaux, in the Clerk's Office of the United States, for the Southern District of New York."
Poem reads:

"Lo' on high the glorious form,
Of Washington lights all the gloom:
And words of warning seem to come,
From out the portal of his tomb.
Americans your fathers shed;
Their blood to rear the Unions fane,
Then let your blood as free be given,
The bond of union to maintain."

There appear to be two other versions: one with a similar image but a different poem, which lists Edward Dechaux of the Artists Emporium as the publisher and one by Currier and Ives in 1876 with the same poem as our offering. OCLC locates one copy of this 1860 version at the American Antiquarian Society (OCLC: 950901214).

Price: $275.00

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