The Greek Family

Description (Brief):

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.

Description (Brief)

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.

Description (Brief)

This is a colored print of a family of four dressed in Greek costume of the period. They are seated on a golden sofa in front of a window through which an open, mountainous landscape is visible.

Description (Brief)

The lithographer, Elijah Chapman Kellogg (1811-1881), was a member of the Connecticut family of lithographers.

Date Made: ca 1850

Distributor: Ensign, Thayer and CompanyLithographer: Kellogg, Elijah Chapman

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, Hartford

Depicted: ChildrenSubject: FurnishingsCostumeMarriageDepicted: Family


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Art, Peters Prints, Domestic Furnishings


Exhibition Location:

Related Publication: Peters, Harry T.. America on Stone

Credit Line: Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.60.2221Catalog Number: 60.2221Accession Number: 228146

Object Name: lithographObject Type: Lithograph

Physical Description: hand-colored (image production method/technique)ink (overall material)paper (overall material)Measurements: image: 12 in x 8 3/4 in; 30.48 cm x 22.225 cmoverall: 17 in; 43.18 cm


Record Id: nmah_324568

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