Measurement: Frame: 36.75" x 47.5"; view: 29.75" x 40.5"
Material: Oil on canvas over the original wooden strainer, modern gilded frame.
Condition: Excellent…There are tiny, patched repairs.
Additional Information: If George Washington were painted by Andy Warhol for a
Campbell Soup can, he might look a good deal like this modernistic, 1917 interpretation
by Cyrus T. Fuery, a barber from Parma, Michigan. Dated 1917 (the first year of U.S.
involvement in WWI) and signed on the reverse.
Fuery’ s oversized canvas (30 x 40.5 inches) shows the hand of an accomplished folk
artist. His treatment of the angular facial features, serpentine brow, and hair are
whimsical, bold, and appealing.
One other work by Feury is known, a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, which is said to have
hung in his barbershop. The whereabouts of the Lincoln portrait are currently unknown.
Provenance: This work was exhibited at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
in Colonial Williamsburg in a special patriotic exhibit for the 1976 Bicentennial curated
by then-curator Don Walters, the esteemed folk-art expert and long-time antiques
Condition: Excellent with only negligible… extremely minor trivial retouching by Tom
Yost. The canvas has been relined; The current frame and mat housing the portrait
were fabricated for this painting are of the fine finest quality.
Additional Information: Attributed, Robert Street (1796-1865) Although painted in the
manner of Gilbert Stuart, the portrait is in a unique, distinctive style and, seen in person,
exudes a quality which might best be described as luminous. It is certainly a fine portrait
of this Founding Father. A nearly identical portrait by Street is in the collection of the
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
A highly respected and popular portraitist of his time, Robert Street also created
historical and Biblical scenes. Nothing is known of his life before 1815 when he first
exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy except that he was born in Germantown,
Pennsylvania. He continued to exhibit at the Academy in 1817, 1818, and 1822. In 1824
he showed three historical paintings in Washington, D.C., in the same year he painted a
portrait of Andrew Jackson, which later hung in the White House. In 1834, he painted
Joseph Bonaparte, the oldest brother of Napoleon, who was living on an estate in
Bordentown, New Jersey. In 1840 a major exhibition of his work was held at the Artists
Fund Hall in Philadelphia. The show was catalogued and included 172 works by Street
and fifty paintings by past artists. He also participated in group shows at the Artists
Guild until 1845; at the Franklin Institute in 1847 and 1851; at the Pennsylvania
Academy of the Fine Arts until 1861; and at the Apollo Association in New York in 1838
and 1839. Interestingly, four of his children, by three different wives, also became
Additional Information: Legend “Washington institute” encircling portrait bust of
George Washington. Back mark: L . H & SCOVILL / EXTRA. The location of
Washington Institute is believed to have been in New York City, and to have been in
existence as early as 1827 and as late as 1853.
Material: Carved wood, polychrome, vibrant, displays very well
Additional Information: American, beginning of the 20th Century. The flat back figure,
almost life size, shows Washington with his sword…wearing his high black boots with
spurs, ivory pants, and vest; ruffled jabot and sleaves; blue coat with brass-colored
buttons. His tricorne “cocked hat” ornamented with a red, white, and orange cockade.
May have been originally displayed at a Philadelphia theater.
Condition: Excellent, gilt surface looks to have been refreshed many years ago.
Additional Information: George Washington’s death compelled a long farewell, a
mourning period that lasted several years…embroidered pictures, needlework’s,
mourning jewelry, samplers with mourning scenes and domestic decorative arts such as
this mirror. The reverse painted tablet prominently displays a portrait of Washington
within gilt oval flanked by cenotaph urns on monuments [plinths], weeping trees, and
sunset sky. These artistic devices speak to the iconographic vocabulary of mourn art
during the period. Stepped-out architectural cornice above turned and split columns;
stiles and rails joined by corner blocks. This looking glass has been in a Worcester,
Massachusetts family for many generations, thence by family decent to current owner.
General Washington is posed before his horse with compromised canon and cavalryman while in the background is Continental soldiers and our 13-star flags.
The patterns were imported from Berlin as was the worsted wool used for working needlepoint and/or cross-stitch pictures on canvas throughout the Victorian era. Frame: 45.5 by 56.25"; Sight Size: 38.75 by 49.5".
Ox horn scales impressed “General Washington” beneath Washington’s profile portrait.
Brothers William & Samuel Butcher founded the company in 1820. The signed blade
and scales remain in fine original condition, likely the original unsharpened edge. Case
is embossed with makers name and mark; paper loss to lid edge (.75-inch)
(Length closed: 6.25")
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