The Depart of Crusoe and Robinson

The Depart of Crusoe and Robinson

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 colored portrait print is of a man and woman standing together. Both of them are wearing elaborate clothing of an earlier period. The woman holds a small bouquet of flowers to her chest while the man is handing her a small portrait. Behind her is a castle atop a hill and a sailing ship over the man's right shoulder.
J. Belony was a lithographer and publisher, who was based in New York City.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
n.d.
maker
Belony, J.
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
image: 12 in x 9 in; 30.48 cm x 22.86 cm
overall: 14 in x 10 in; 35.56 cm x 25.4 cm
ID Number
DL.60.2323
catalog number
60.2323
accession number
228146
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Courtship, love
Costume
Adornment
Flowers
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Peters Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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