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W. Dreser print, portrait, drawing. Does anyone know anything about it?

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I have an antique picture frame with a mirror. I saw a peice of paper sticking out of the back. The glass looks to have been painted with something to make it a mirror. When I removed the wood on the back I found a drawing or print signed W. Dreser. Can any one tell me anything about it. Thanks

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  1. roadside, 4 years ago
    Please help to identify this artist. Any info about the frame would also be appreciated.
  2. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 4 years ago
    Great print. Wonderful frame. This site mentions William Dreser as a chromolithographer.
  3. roadside, 4 years ago
    Thanks Savoychina1 for the info. I checked that site and it gives me alittle to go on. I have researched allot of sites and can find very little information. I will keep going until I know. Thanks again
  4. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 4 years ago
    It only establishes William Dreser as a chromist who was born in 1820.

    The Philadelphia Print Shop has a copy of "American Autumn" with Jasper Cropsey and Thomas Sinclair one of the most noted engravers of his time.

    The Am. Hist site shows Dreser's work as an artist.

    It is interesting to note that none of the sites I have visited, list a terminal date. It's W.Dreser b.1820 -

    You might email the Phila Print Shop with a picture and see what they can tell you. I wouldn't be surprised if the Lady in the picture were Royalty (and most certainly well placed in society.)
  5. roadside, 4 years ago
    I will give that a try.
    Thank you
  6. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 4 years ago
    Another note... this last site I am listing spells the last name with two "s"es. I don't know if it is a typo or they know something the other sites don't .

  7. Lee Sayer, 4 years ago
    Roadside: This maybe way off base but check out "Mary Todd Lincoln" during the years that Abe Lincoln was in office.Thanks for sharing your find with us.
  8. roadside, 4 years ago
    Lee you may not be so far off base. I found some pictures of her around the mid 1800's. There is a very good likeness. I am going to look into it more and will let you know what I fine. Thanks for the info.
  9. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    I was thinking you were way off base with the Mary Lincoln. I don't see any facial resemblance to Mrs. Lincoln at all.

    I do know of some views in a similar outfit, but not the same.

  10. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 4 years ago
    If you google Mary Todd Lincoln then click "images" there are several images of Mrs Lincoln in a similar pose with a similar dress. A side by side comparison shows them to be very different. Besides, Mrs Lincold looks to be maybe 11 stone were as the girl in the picture might go 14 stone !
  11. roadside, 4 years ago
    Thanks Scott. I didn't see that either until I looked at this one. A lot of the pictures I seen of her were when she was older. Tell me what you think.
  12. roadside, 4 years ago
    You lost me with the 11 and 14 stone?
  13. roadside, 4 years ago
    Now that I look at that she does look to be heaver than Mary.
  14. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 4 years ago
    LOL (I've always wanted to do that !) "Stone" is a British unit of mass equivalent to 14 pounds. That puts Mrs Lincoln at 154 lbs and your girl at 196 !
  15. roadside, 4 years ago
    Yes I had to Google that. I learned something tonight anyway. Thanks for the lesson.

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