The Farmers Pet

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 hand colored print is a half-length portrait of a girl, circa 1840s, holding in her arms a fat golden brown hen sporting a red comb. The graphic artist and publisher are unknown.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
n.d.
maker
unknown
place made
unknown
Physical Description
hand-colored (image production method/technique)
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
image: 12 1/4 in x 9 1/4 in; 31.115 cm x 23.495 cm
ID Number
DL.60.2264
catalog number
60.2264
accession number
228146
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Pets
Birds
Marriage
Children
Chickens
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Peters Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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