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This is a original lithograph from J. Hoover and Sons of Philadelphia circa 1890. The lithograph depicting a rural country scene is a classic example of the work done by the J. Hoover and Sons print studios. Signed on the stone lower left printed on arches paper and is displayed in original period frame. The lithograph measures 25 3/4 by 13 1/2 inches and framed measures 30 by 18 inches. J. Hoover & Sons issued popular prints for the masses in the last two decades of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century. This was a business much like Currier & Ives though Hoover & Sons issued only lithographs. Hoover started by making elaborate wood frames in Philadelphia in 1856 but within a decade or so he began to produce popular prints. Initially he worked for other publishers including Duval & Hunter and he worked with noted Philadelphia artist James F. Queen. During the Centennial Hoover won a medal for excellence for his lithographs after Queens renderings. In the 1880s Hoover began to print his own lithographs installing a complete printing plant by 1885. By the end of the century his firm was one of the largest print publishers in the county. Using lithographing Hoover was able to produce attractive colorful prints that were still affordable for anyone to use as decoration for home and office. The audience for Hoovers prints was quite wide extending through out the United States and overseas to Canada Mexico England and Germany. The subjects issued by the firm are extensive including genre scenes still life images views of American locations and generic landscapes including a series of charming winter scenes. These prints have sold at auctions in various parts of the world with listings up to 2300 dollars.