Davis, Jefferson. Broadside Lithograph
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Printed Lithograph of the Confederate President’s “Last Paper of a Public Nature written from a sick bed just five weeks before his death” (at Beauvoir, Miss. On 30 October 1889). Fayetteville, N.C.: Wharton J. Green, 1896. Lithograph by A. Hoen & Co., Richmond, Va. 12-1/8” x 16-1/2”.
Signed for Davis by a facsimile signature, the speech was for the occasion of “The Centennial Celebration of the Ratification, by North Carolina, of the Constitution of the United States, at Fayetteville, November 21st, 1889.”
At the top center is an especially handsome, well-wrought ¾-standing image of Davis. To his right, in color, are the First National, Confederate Battle, and Second National flags. At the left is a depiction of a large monument.
The Hoens were lithographers in Richmond and Baltimore. August Hoens was the first to introduce in America Alois Senefelder’s discovery of printing from stone, known as lithography. Hoen was the inventor of the lithocaustic process, the basic principle of the halftone.
One of the first contracts of A. Hoen & Company in Richmond was to print Confederate money.
Excellent; lt. soil only at upper margin can easily be framed out. This is a gorgeous example of their work!