Fetching the Old Mare Home

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 of a woman with a child leading a white horse by its ear down a road. The woman carries a large pan or sieve and is wearing a jacket and apron over a simple dress and a kerchief on her head. The road they are walking on is bordered by a split rail fence.
John Henry Bufford produced the lithograph and published the print from the original painting by Friedrich Wilhelm Keyl. Frederick or Friedrich Wilhelm Keyl (1823-1873) was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He trained in Brussels and England and became a well known painter of animal scene. He died December 5, 1873 in London and is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery. The printer/publisher John Henry Bufford (1810-1870), was from Portsmouth, Massachusetts. Prior to moving to New York in 1835, Bufford apprenticed under William S. Pendleton. In New York, he worked for George Endicott and later Nathaniel Currier. In 1840, Bufford moved back to Boston and started work for another lithography firm. By 1844 the firm and shop name had changed to J.H. Bufford & Co. In 1867 Bufford became the manager of the New England Steam Lithographic Printing Company. He died three years later in Boston.
Currently not on view
date made
Keyl, Friedrich Wilhelm
Bufford, John Henry
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 11 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in; 29.21 cm x 21.59 cm
overall: 14 in x 10 in; 35.56 cm x 25.4 cm
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Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Peters Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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