The Botanists

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 of a young woman seated on a bench with a young boy beside her and a toddler at her feet. She has a basket of flowers on her lap and another beside her. The title of the print indicates the interest in botany and the natural world.
The print was produced by the lithographic firm of D. W. Kellogg & Co. of Hartford, Connecticut. Daniel Wright Kellogg, established this family business that would flourish for decades under his younger brothers and other family members.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1830-1840
maker
D. W. Kellogg and Company
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
image: 8 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in; 21.59 cm x 21.59 cm
overall: 17 1/2 in x 11 1/4 in; 44.45 cm x 28.575 cm
ID Number
DL*60.2222
catalog number
60.2222
accession number
228146
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Children
Flowers
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Clothing & Accessories
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Peters Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

Add a comment about this object