Ovals of 11 Presidents, with George Washington at center and James Monroe to his left. Backgrounds of all ovals is a red drape. Dates of Presidency at top of each oval. Scene from the signing of the Declaration of Independence at center outlined in a laurel leaf garland.
The founding fathers and American heroes were glorified in prints created by Currier & Ives. Creating more than 600 portraits, pictures of popular personalities constituted one of the largest segments of the firm’s business. The most frequently depicted subjects were George Washington and Abraham Lincoln; however, group portraits, such as this one, were also widely collected.