The Greek Family

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 colored print of a family of four dressed in Greek costume of the period. They are seated on a golden sofa in front of a window through which an open, mountainous landscape is visible.
The lithographer, Elijah Chapman Kellogg (1811-1881), was a member of the Connecticut family of lithographers.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lithograph
Object Type
Lithograph
date made
ca 1850
distributor
Ensign, Thayer and Company
lithographer
Kellogg, Elijah Chapman
Physical Description
hand-colored (image production method/technique)
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
image: 12 in x 8 3/4 in; 30.48 cm x 22.225 cm
overall: 17 in; 43.18 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
ID Number
DL*60.2221
catalog number
60.2221
accession number
228146
subject
Children
Furnishings
Costume
Marriage
Family
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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