"Written by William Harrison Green in, Litchfield jail, State of Connecticut"
The Reverend Wm. Green, originally from Centerville, New York, abandoned his wife there and went to Cornwall, CT. He was an itinerant Methodist minister, and there he met and married a young widow with property. He also worked for P.T. Barnum when he ran for Congress and in a general store for his second wife's brother. His second wife died under suspicious circumstances, and after three trials Green was convicted of her murder and sentenced to the state prison for life and died there.
While there, Mr. Green went into an ornamental painting and illuminating business, and his work is beautifully decorative- highly colorful and quite charming. In addition to this piece, there is a similar example in the collection of the Litchfield Historical Society.
Drawn in red, blue and black ink (now brown) and showing one female figure, a large compass star, and decorative elements seen in other known examples of his work. Sight size is 12 inches high and 8 inches wide. Conservation framed in a period frame measuring 16 by 11 inches.