The Old Print Shop

Declaration of Independence of the U.S. of America July 4th 1776.

  • ARTIST: John Trumbull

  • PUBLISHER: Manufactured by Wullschleger & Co. Inc. Lyons (France).

  • MEDIUM: Silk Jacquard (woven textile),

    DATE: 1928.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 15 1/4 x 23 1/4". Fabric size 21 1/2 x 28 1/2".

  • DESCRIPTION: Unusual George Washington Centennial commemorative piece designed by A. Travard, (after the painting "Declaration of Independence" by John Trumbull) and woven by Mary Katherine Godard. "Arthur Wullschleger was a Swiss emigre resident of New York and a textile industry entrepreneur. As head of the firm of Wullschleger & Co. - importers and fabricators of fine silk goods - he maintained offices in both New York City and Lyons, France (the latter location having for centuries been the acknowledged center of the silk weaving industry.) In celebration of the firm's 20th successful year in the trade and as a tribute in silk to the silk industry, Wullschleger initially commissioned the creation of this superb Jacquard woven rendition of the original Trumbull painting in 1925. It would require the construction of a special building furnished with six Verdol Jacquard pattern shedding mechanisms and a continuous three-year work effort before completing this unprecedented project in 1928. At that time, only 500 patterns of the 'Declaration' would be produced as presentation gifts for friends and colleagues in the silk industry and to each American embassy around the world. One of these examples is currently held by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, along with the actual loom that it was woven on." - Worthpoint


  • CONDITION: Overall good condition. Some mild water-staining in the left margin. Some remains of the previous backing on verso.