American. A chromolithograph by Donaldson Art Sign Co., a Cincinnati publisher; 36 x 26 in. (sheet size).
William Michael Harnett's trompe l'oeil masterpiece was exhibited at the 1886 Cincinnati Industrial Exhibition and was supposedly the inspiration for Cincinnati artist Charles Meurer who began his own career focusing on this technique after seeing the painting. Local printer Frank Tuchfarber was so impressed with the painting that he purchased it with the intent to produce chromolithograph copies. The chromolithographs were created using no fewer than seventeen stones. The Old Violin became Harnett's most famous work, and the chromolithographs produced either bear Tuchfarber's name, or as in this object, that of Donaldson Art Sign Company.
This is likely a printer's proof. It is not trimmed to the image & retains margins with registration crosses, color keys, and ink bleeds.
Tear to upper and lower center extending 2 in. down from perimeter. Minor tears to edges. Creases.
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