Lover's Quarrel


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 two women and a man. One of the women is seated on a chair, the other stands behind her. The man stands with his back to both. The man and the seated woman are sharing or comparing miniatures of each other. All are wearing elaborate clothing of an earlier period. The seated woman is wearing a necklace, two bracelets and earrings. The standing woman is wearing a bracelet and earrings. Behind the two women is a table cluttered with several jars, bottles and boxes. There is a screen obstructing the view of the rest of the room.

This lithograph was published by the lithography firm Case & Waters. Case & Waters was based in Hartford, CT and started producing lithographs in 1834. Lucius Case was a great competitor of the Kellogg family lithography firm. He partnered with various other lithograph printers including, Case & Skinner from 1840-1842 and Case & Green from 1849-1852. He was known for his work with copperplate engraving.

Date Made: ca 1850

Lithographer: Case & Waters

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, Hartford

Subject: Courtship, loveCostumeAdornmentFurnishings


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


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

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.60.2326Catalog Number: 60.2326Accession Number: 228146

Object Name: lithographObject Type: Lithograph

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: image: 10 1/2 in x 9 in; 26.67 cm x 22.86 cmoverall: 12 in x 9 1/4 in; 30.48 cm x 23.495 cm


Record Id: nmah_324662

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