[Item #5151] Engraved Hand-Colored Print: "President's Levee, or all Creation Going to the White-house, Washington" (1840). Lady Bird Johnson, Lyndon B. Johnson.
Engraved Hand-Colored Print: "President's Levee, or all Creation Going to the White-house, Washington" (1840)
Engraved Hand-Colored Print: "President's Levee, or all Creation Going to the White-house, Washington" (1840)

Engraved Hand-Colored Print: "President's Levee, or all Creation Going to the White-house, Washington" (1840)

London, England: Hugh Cunningham, 1840. First Edition. Matted & Framed Print. Inscribed & signed by Lady Bird Johnson to Caroline & Ellsworth Bunker on their wedding day, also signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. A matted, framed hand-colored print by (Isaac) Robert Cruikshank (1789-1856), the pioneering British caricaturist & illustrator who was the older brother of George Cruikshank (1792-1878, most famous for his illustrations of Charles Dickens' novels in their first editions). The print is entitled "President's Levee, or all Creation Going to the White-house, Washington," dated "Aug.t (August) 1840" & depicting a large crowd of people surrounding & entering the White House during what appears to be winter. We speculate that this scene refers to the incident of March 4, 1829 in which President Andrew Jackson invited the public to the White House following his first inauguration as President, resulting in something of a stampede that caused some damage & earned Jackson the nickname "King Mob." Illustration (appx. 6" x 4&3/4") matted in gold-painted frame with glass (total size appx. 12&1/4" x 11"). At lower margin of matte, Lady Bird Johnson, then First Lady of the USA, has hand-written in cursive brown ink: "To Caroline and Ellsworth Bunker-/ with our affectionate best wishes-/ (signed) Lady Bird Johnson/ January 3, 1967." Additionally, just to the right of Lady Bird's signature, President Lyndon B. Johnson has hand-written his signature in black ink. Ellsworth Bunker (1894-1984) was an important American diplomat who would become the U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam a few months after the date of this inscription, which was the very date on which he married Caroline C. Laise (1917-1991), also an important diplomat & already the U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, three years after the death of his first wife. This framed & inscribed print, therefore, was a wedding gift from President & Mrs. Johnson to Caroline & Ellsworth Bunker. A most unique & fascinating collectible rarity on many levels, with extraordinarily rich associations & provenance. Print in very fine, apparently all-but-pristine condition with only a hint of age-related browning at edges; matte very fine with only mild browning, occasional spotting at outermost off-white margin; Lady Bird Johnson's inscription, signature & date very slightly faded; President Johnson's signature bold & bright. Frame very fine with slight rubbing, a few tiny areas of paint-loss at edges & corners; frame verso & stand of tan-colored velvet-like material nailed & tucked to frame with slight rubbing, fading & occasional spotting; two small stickers thereon that we have retained but can be easily removed if desired; glass in very fine, clear condition. Very Fine. [Item #5151]

Price: $1,000.00