[N. p., ca. 1900?]. Original oval sepia print, approx. 3.13 x 4.13 inches on a 4.25 x 6.5 plain drab mount. Contemporary pencil notation on the verso, "George Washington's Birthday." Some spotting and perhaps small ink stains to the mount (recto and verso), which is also a little rubbed; in very good condition. Item #16811
A curious portrait of about a dozen people in what appears to be an attempt at Colonial American costumes (and a couple of girls likely in blackface dressed as American Indians), the group posing around a tea table in front of a copy of the Gilbert Stuart portrait of Washington arrayed with suitable patriotic peraphernalia. The costumes are executed with varying degrees of skill--some seem quite accomplished, while one false mustache and matching periwig appears to have been hastily assembled from cotton batting--but the overall effect is a charming one. What also appear to be a few unframed chromos grace the wall adjacent to Washington; the pencil notation on the verso is in a neat but perhaps childish script. The photographer managed to overexpose the upper right side of the image, with loss of perhaps one costumed participant.