Philadelphia: Published by Job T. Williams, (1861). 1st appearance. Single sheet, printed recto only, in four colors. Lithograph (not including text): 21-1/4" x 33-3/8". Sheet: 24-1/4" x 35-3/8". Printed on sturdy paper, and now in a modern matte board frame. Recently de-acidified and backed with Japanese tissue; some minor staining lightened; blind-stamp of the publisher at bottom right. Colors vibrant, overall, VG+. Item #45866
The lithographer, Thomas S. Sinclair, was a Scotsmen who learned his craft in Edinburgh, and on coming to the States, was one of the earliest color lithographers to practice in the country. He is known to have published one other Queen hand-colored lithograph of the Refreshment Saloons, ca 1861 (cf. Peters, America on Stone, p. 368).
We have located three other copies of this image: one each in the Otis Archives at the National Museum of Medicine and Health; the Library Company; and the Pennsylvania Historical Society. The Library of Congress owns the second Queen lithograph.
The Volunteer Saloons grew into the Sanitary Commission, the precursor of the American Red Cross. At this point, the civilian members were catering to the needs of the healthy new recruits.