William Green in Litchfield jail, two women in red & blue
"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. This work is drawn in red, blue and black ink (now brown) and shows two women placed between over-sized flowered branches. Their costumes are made up of banks of lines, dots and zig-zags, a totally abstract view of fabric pattern and cloth folds. Sight size is 12 1/2 high and 7 3/4 inches wide. Conservation framed in a period frame measuring 16 by 11 inches.