The Soldier's Return

The Soldier's Return

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 man and woman standing in an entry way about to kiss. The man and woman are at a doorway with green drapery. Beneath the couples feet there is a patterned tile floor. Behind the couple stands a podium with flowers in a flower pot on top. The man wears a military uniform complete with sash, belt, epaulets, fringe and brass. There is a tall feathered hat in his hand. The woman opposite him wears a simple full length dress with a tight bodice and lace collar with a rose in her dark hair. The head of another soldier is visible in the back left of the print.
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 1847
distributor
Needham, D.
maker
E.B. and E.C. Kellogg
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
image: 12 in x 8 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 21.59 cm
overall: 14 1/2 in x 11 1/4 in; 36.83 cm x 28.575 cm
ID Number
DL.60.2331
catalog number
60.2331
accession number
228146
maker number
79
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Courtship, love
Birds
Uniforms, Military
Mexican War
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Peters Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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