NP [Philadelphia?]: Devereux & [Co.?], 1859. Oval color lithograph portrait, 11.5 x 9 in., of President George Washington, tipped onto a larger sheet of buff card stock, 18 x 13 in. (toned, some old staining along the margins), and surrounded by a gilt and grey printed decorative oval border. Caption title in gilt at the bottom margin, stylized initials of "MV" and "GW" at the top and bottom of the oval border, and "Virtus Sola Nobilitas" printed on a banner below the oval. The portrait is bright, just a touch of foxing to the forehead. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1859, by Devereux & [Co.?] in the Clerk's office of the district court of the U.S. in and for the eastern district of Pa.
The Mount Vernon Ladies Association purchased George Washington's home from John Augustine Washington III in 1858. In order to raise money for the purchase price, clubs were organized in several states and contributions sought. For a donation of $1.00, club members could receive a "copy of Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington, framed in gold" sent to their club, according to Mount Vernon's history of the Association. Item #61940