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Description (Brief)
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 is a black and white print on pink paper of an outdoor scene depicting a young girl standing tip-toe on a pedestal reaching for two pieces of fruit hanging beyond her reach.
This lithograph was produced by John B. Pendleton (1798-1866), one of America’s earliest lithographers. Pendleton and his brother , established a printing house in Boston in 1825 and later moved it ti New York City. One of Pendleton’s apprentices was Nathaniel Currier, who would buy his mentor’s firm in 1834. With his brother-in-law/ partner James Merritt Ives, he would rename the business Currier & Ives.
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Object Name
Object Type
date made
ca 1830
Pendleton, John B.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 8 1/2 in x 6 3/4 in; 21.59 cm x 17.145 cm
overall: 8 1/2 in x 6 3/4 in; 21.59 cm x 17.145 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Clothing & Accessories
Domestic Furnishings
Peters Prints
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
maker referenced
Peters, Harry T.. America on Stone

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