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 woman holding a small nosegay of flowers standing outdoors. She is resting on a stone railing, wearing a blue dress with lace around her neck and wrists. A river flows through the hills in the scene behind her.
The lithographer Elijah Chapman Kellogg (1811–1881) was the youngest of the four Kellogg brothers, all of whom were lithographers. The brothers were born in Tolland, Connecticut, a small town located near Hartford, where the family business was established. E.C. Kellogg was the only brother among the Kelloggs to receive his professional training in Hartford, Ct. In 1840, Elijah Chapman Kellogg, along with his brother Edmund Burke Kellogg, took over the D.W. Kellogg & Co. after older brother Daniel Wright Kellogg moved west. Elijah and Edmund were responsible for most of the company’s partnerships. Elijah Chapman Kellogg retired in 1867.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1852
Horace Thayer & Co.
E.C. Kellogg and Company
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 12 in x 8 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 21.59 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Clothing & Accessories
Domestic Furnishings
Peters Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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