The Young Widow

The Young Widow

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 three-quarter length hand colored print is of a young dark haired mother seated with a child on her lap. The mother and child are sitting on a large green chair. The mother is wearing a simple red dress adorned by a rose on her bodice, five bead bracelets on her right wrist and a ring on her right pinky. She has gold jewels in her dress sleeve and in her hair. The little girl has much lighter hair and is wearing a simple blue dress with a sash. The child is resting her hand on a table which is partially seen in the lower right corner of the print.
This print was produced by the lithographic firm of D.W. Kellogg & Co. Daniel Wright Kellogg (1807-1874) founded the company in 1830 Hartford, Connecticut. Before the opening of its first retail store in 1834, D.W. Kellogg & Co. lithography firm was well established and popular in United States, particularly in the South and the Southwest. As the founding member of the family company, Daniel Wright Kellogg established the initial growth and popularity of the firm. After he left the company it continued to flourish for decades under his younger brothers and other family members.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1840
maker
D.W. Kellogg and Company
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Physical Description
hand-colored (image production method/technique)
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
image: 12 1/2 in x 10 in; 31.75 cm x 25.4 cm
overall: 17 in x 12 1/2 in; 43.18 cm x 31.75 cm
ID Number
DL.60.2311
catalog number
60.2311
accession number
228146
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Adornment
Marriage
Children
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Clothing & Accessories
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Peters Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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