My Dear, I Love the Gold, But Oh! How Much, I Love You Better

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 colored print is of a man standing by a table with a woman who is seated opposite him in a chair. A draped window.is in the background. A box of gold coins and piles of coins are on the table. Other furnishings depicted include an upholstered chair and patterned carpet. Outside the window is a fountain and small building.
The print was produced by a J Belan or according to Peters possibly a J. Belony from New York City.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lithograph
Object Type
Lithograph
date made
ca 1860s
maker
Belan, J.
Physical Description
hand-colored (image production method/technique)
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
image: 11 1/2 in x 8 1/4 in; 29.21 cm x 20.955 cm
overall: 14 in x 10 in; 35.56 cm x 25.4 cm
place made
unknown
ID Number
DL*60.2249
catalog number
60.2249
accession number
228146
subject
Courtship, love
Furnishings
Clothing & Accessories
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Peters Prints
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Peters Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
cited
Welsh, Peter C. and Caroline. The Genteel Female

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