The Adieu

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 print is of a young woman in an elaborate dress. Her dress features wide puff sleeves, fur trim, lace cuffs and ruffled lace collar. She also wears a large bonnet adorned with flowers and green ribbons and she has a fabric wrap draped over her left shoulder which compliments the handkerchief in her left hand.

This print was produced by the lithographic firm of D.W. Kellogg & Co. Daniel Wright Kellogg (1807-1874) founded the company in 1830 Hartford, Connecticut. Before the opening of its first retail store in 1834, D.W. Kellogg & Co. lithography firm was well established and popular in United States, particularly in the South and the Southwest. As the founding member of the family company, Daniel Wright Kellogg established the initial growth and popularity of the firm. After he left the company it continued to flourish for decades under his younger brothers and other family members.

Date Made: ca 1840

Lithographer: D.W. Kellogg and Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, Hartford

Subject: Courtship, loveAdornmentFlowers

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.60.2327Catalog Number: 60.2327Accession Number: 228146

Object Name: lithographObject Type: Lithograph

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: image: 12 in x 9 in; 30.48 cm x 22.86 cmoverall: 15 in x 11 in; 38.1 cm x 27.94 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-387f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_324663

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