Thomas Worth

Old National Pike. [showing Benjamin Bean (Barton) House]

Watercolor on illustration board, undated, circa 1860's.
Board size 14 1/2 x 22 1/2" (36.6 x 57.2 cm).
Good condition and color.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 80447
Price: $4,500.00
Publisher :
We believe (President) Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren to be depicted in the Interior scene. Also shown is a wall signing noting: "Central House, Barton, Pro.r. Stage Time Table." The exterior scene includes the outside of an Inn with a coach arriving. The coach in the foreground shows an American flag shield on the coach door with a lady and gentleman within. Newspaper clipping attached to watercolor board verso touches upon the movement of public transportation from the coach, during the early part of the 19th century, to the train - weighing in on the loss of the great tavern food that was an important aspect of traveling by coach.

“The days of the old National Pike were the romantic times of the County. The sight of the distinguished men of the country was common to our people. To them the faces of old Andrew Jackson, of Henry Clay, of William Henry Harrison, of Davy Crockett, James K. Polk, and Zackary Taylor were familiar. No other road did as large a business as this. Coaches dashed through at the rate of twelve miles an hour, and wagons followed each other so closely that it was said with some pardonable exaggeration that the heads of one team were in the rear of the wagon before it. There were many private carriages, many travelers on horseback, and an endless procession of cattle and sheep from the rich pastures o what was then called the West. Along the road, every few miles was a tavern and the reputation of the meals served in them, the venison, the bear steaks, the hot bread, the ham and eggs, the whiskey has lost nothing from the lapse of time. The standard price of meals along the road was twenty-five cents and five cents a glass for whiskey. Barton’s Tavern in Hancock was a favorite stopping place for General Jackson and there as well as at other places along the road, would address be presented to him. His affability and that of Clay knew no bounds - all were cordially greeted who presented themselves. Rival lines of coaches patronized different taverns and travelers were strong partisans of favorite lines. “ – T. Williams, F. McKinsey, History of Frederick County, MD, vol. 1.

Signed in watercolor by artist on front and titled in ink on verso.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Drawings, Watercolors & Paintings