Good Night

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 three-quarter length portrait of a girl holding a chamberstick with a lit candle. She is wearing a simple dress with lace collar and cuffs. Drapery and a glass vase containing cut flowers can be seen in the background.
This print was produced by the lithographic firm of Kelloggs & Comstock. In 1848, John Chenevard Comstock developed a partnership with E.B. and E.C. Kellogg. In 1850, Edmund Burke Kellogg left the firm, leaving his brother Elijah Chapman Kellogg and J.C. Comstock to run the lithography firm as Kellogg and Comstock. The short-lived partnership disbanded in 1851. It was not until 1855 that Edmund Burke Kellogg rejoined his brother E.C. Kellogg and continued the success of the family’s Lithography firm.
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Object Name
Object Type
date made
ca 1850
Ensign, Thayer and Company
Kelloggs & Comstock
Physical Description
hand-colored (image production method/technique)
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
image: 12 in x 8 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 21.59 cm
overall: 14 in x 10 in; 35.56 cm x 25.4 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Courtship, love
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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