The Morning Ride

The Morning Ride

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 hand colored print is of a dark haired woman riding side-saddle on a dapple gray horse. The woman is wearing a long skirt, a vest, a jacket, a bowtie, a large collar and a cavalier hat with bows and feathers. She carries a riding crop in one hand and holds reins of the horse with the other. The bridle and saddle harness on the horse are decorated with fringe.
This print was produced by the lithographic firm E.B. & E.C. Kellogg. Edmund Burke Kellogg and Elijah Chapman Kellogg were younger brothers of the founder of the Kellogg lithography firm, Daniel Wright Kellogg. After Daniel Wright Kellogg moved west, his two brothers took over the family lithography firm in 1840 and changed the name to E.B. & E.C. Kellogg. They were responsible for the continued success of the family firm and involved in the partnerships with Horace Thayer in 1845/1846, John Chenevard Comstock in 1848 and William Henry Bulkeley in 1867.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1859
maker
E.B. and E.C. Kellogg
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Physical Description
hand-colored (image production method/technique)
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
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
ID Number
DL.60.2313
catalog number
60.2313
accession number
228146
maker number
75
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Horses
Adornment
Horseback Riding
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Domestic Furnishings
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Peters Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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