We are aware of two prints of James Monroe having very similar design and rendering, produced by two different publishers. One was produced by D W Kellog & Co between 1830 - 42; the other was published by Nathaniel Currier c. 1835 prior to his partnership with James Ives in 1857. The differences are minor - the Kellog print is entitled James Monroe, fifth President of the United States whereas the Currier print is entitled James Monroe, 5th. President of the United States. The Kellog print has a border around its image which the Currier print lacks.
Our analysis is based upon images provided by the Library of Congress and our own print which is known to belong to a series published by Currier. So although our print is not inscribed with maker marks, as was the case with these prints, we have deduced that it belongs to the Currier series rather than the Kellog series.
The print is in its original hand colored state and very good condition with toning to the paper - a very common condition of prints of this age. The borders are ample at the top and bottom, but minimal at the sides, leaving the outer border intact. The print has been mounted on heavy paper stock - an operation which as we can tell is reversible as we see a small amount of the mounting material in he lower left corner. The print is framed with a black wood frame having a thin gold lining frame all of vintage stock.
The depiction of Monroe is very characteristic with other portraiture done by Currier even after his partnership with Ives. It has historical significance as a print and a document of history.
Dimensions: 19 1/2" x 15 1/4" framed