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Max Rosenthal (1833-1918); Louis N. Rosenthal
USA: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Colored lithograph on paper
mat: 30"h x 40"w; sheet: 26-1/4"h x 34-1/4"w
Special Acquisitions Fund
Chromolithograph of an interior view of the Grand Lodge Room of the New Masonic Hall, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. The room is decorated in Gothic style with rows of chairs along the sides of the room. The focal point of the print is the Master's chair, flanked by two additional chairs with statues behind. Text along the bottom reads, "Sloan and Stewart Architects / Collins and Autenrieth, Del / Grand Lodge Room of the New Masonic Hall, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia / To the RW Grand Master, Grand Officers and Members of the Grand Lodge of Penna, and the Order in general, this print is respectfully dedicated / L N Rosenthal / of No. 9 / Published and Lith in colors by L.N. Rosenthal, Philada Pa." There is also a stamp reading "L.N. Rosenthal / Lithographers / and / Publishers / Philadelphia."
Etcher and lithographer Max Rosenthal (1833-1918) was an early leader in the art of chromolithography. This view is considered an outstanding example of the visual effect that was achieved by the new color process.