Louisa

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 hand colored portrait print depicts a young woman with brown hair standing with her hands on a balustrade outdoors, between blooming rose bushes. A bright red and gold fringed shawl is draped over the railing. She is wearing a pink dress with lace trim and bows on the sleeves. She is also wearing a double strand pearl necklace.
This print was produced by the lithographic firm of Kelloggs & Comstock. In 1848, John Chenevard Comstock developed a partnership with E.B. and E.C. Kellogg. In 1850, Edmund Burke Kellogg left the firm, leaving his brother Elijah Chapman Kellogg and J.C. Comstock to run the lithography firm as Kellogg and Comstock. The short-lived partnership disbanded in 1851. It was not until 1855 that Edmund Burke Kellogg rejoined his brother E.C. Kellogg and continued the success of the family’s lithography firm.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1850
distributor
Needham, D.
maker
Kelloggs & Comstock
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
image: 11 3/4 in x 8 1/2 in; 29.845 cm x 21.59 cm
ID Number
DL.60.2503
catalog number
60.2503
accession number
228146
maker number
18
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Adornment
Flowers
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Clothing & Accessories
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Peters Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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