Good Night

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 a three-quarter length portrait of a girl holding a chamberstick with a lit candle. She is wearing a simple dress with lace collar and cuffs. Drapery and a glass vase containing cut flowers can be seen in the background.

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.

Date Made: ca 1850

Distributor: Ensign, Thayer and CompanyMaker: Kelloggs & Comstock

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, Hartford

Subject: Courtship, loveLightingAdornmentFlowers

Subject:

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

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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.60.2258Catalog Number: 60.2258Accession 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 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 21.59 cmoverall: 14 in x 10 in; 35.56 cm x 25.4 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-2e08-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_324598

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