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Maker:
unknown  Search this
Physical Description:
hand-colored (image production method/technique)
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
image: 11 in x 8 1/2 in; 27.94 cm x 21.59 cm
overall: 12 in x 9 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 24.13 cm
Object Name:
lithograph
Object Type:
Lithograph
Place made:
World
Date made:
ca 1840
Description:
Sentimental genre prints documented the social image of Victorian virtue through domestic scenes of courtship, family, home life, and images of the “genteel female.” Children are depicted studying nature or caring for their obedient pets as they learn their place in the greater world. Romantic scenes picture devoted husbands with their contented, dutiful wives. In these prints, young women educated in reading, music, needlework, the arts, the language of flowers, basic math and science are subjugated to their family’s needs.
These prints became popular as lithography was introduced to 19th Century Americans. As a new art form, it was affordable for the masses and provided a means to share visual information by crossing the barriers of race, class and language. Sentimental prints encouraged the artistic endeavors of schoolgirls and promoted the ambitions of amateur artists, while serving as both moral instruction and home or business decoration. They are a pictorial record of our romanticized past.
This colored print is a garden scene full length portrait of two children with a wooden pony on wheels. One child is seated on pony, the other is standing. The graphic artist and publisher are unknown..
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Children  Search this
Flowers  Search this
Toys  Search this
Related Publication:
Welsh, Peter C. and Caroline. The Genteel Female
Credit Line:
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
ID Number:
DL.60.2232
Catalog number:
60.2232
Accession number:
228146
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Clothing & Accessories
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Peters Prints
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-3926-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_324577