Rare stage coach ad, by an unknown Worcester, Mass. lithographer

Lith. & Pub. By G.A. Johnson, PROVIDENCE AND WORCESTER, A. JOHNSON, Driver / WARREN, BRISTOL & NEWPORT, J.L. Worden, Driver. Worcester, [ca. mid 1840s] .
Lithograph with early hand color, ca. 12"h x 18"w at sheet edge. With lithograph paste-on (now separated) bearing a letterpress[?] title, ca. 1 ¾"h x 18"w.

An unusual and extremely rare lithograph stagecoach advertisement from the 1840s, originally produced for the Providence and Worcester line but bearing a paste-on (now detached but present) for the Warren, Bristol & Newport line. The print may be dated to the mid-1840s, as A. Johnson drove for the Providence and Worcester from 1842 on.

Worcester lithographer G.A. Johnson is not mentioned in Peters’ America on Stone, and the on-line catalog of the AAS makes no mention of someone by this name active between 1840 and 1850. It is not known whether he (or she?) is related to the A. Johnson named as driver of the Providence and Worcester stage.

Another impression of this print, bearing a printed advertisement for the “Providence, Norwich and Worcester Rail-Road Line–Via Pomfret” and dated 1845, sold at Skinner in 2005.

Neither OCLC or the AAS on-line catalog list anything produced by G.A. Johnson in Worcester. For another impression, see Skinner, American Furniture and Decorative Arts (Feb. 19, 2005), lot 2268.


Some toning, soiling, and staining, as well as a few repairs along edges