The Prodigal Son Returned to His Father by D.W. Kellogg and Company


This colored print depicts the Prodigal Son on one knee pleading for his father’s forgiveness. There are two unidentified women looking on. They are in the lavish garden of the family estate, with the great country house pictured in the background.

The parable of the Prodigal Son or the Lost Son is among the best known Christian morality tales and is found in Luke 15:11-32. The youngest of the two sons demands his share of his father’s estate which the father gives him. Shortly after, he runs off and squanders the wealth “in wild living.” Finding himself destitute, he returns to his father, repents his ways, and begs to be allowed to serve as a hired servant. The father rejoices at the return of his son “who was lost and is found.” Meanwhile, the obedient, older son is angry and refuses to join the celebration. His father pleads with him to forgive and to understand his joy.

This print was originally produced by Amos Doolittle and later printed by the lithographic firm of D. W. Kellogg and Company. Amos Doolittle (1754-1832) was an American engraver who was trained as a jeweler and silversmith. He lived in Connecticut and was especially well known for his four engravings of the battles of Lexington and Concord. He also engraved Biblical scenes, bookplates and portraits.

Daniel Wright Kellogg (1807-1874) founded D. W. Kellogg and Company in Hartford, Connecticut in 1830. Even before its first retail store opened in 1834, the 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 was responsible for 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 1838

Maker: D.W. Kellogg and CompanyOriginal Artist: Doolittle, Amos

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, Hartford

Subject: Architecture, Domestic Buildings


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


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

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.60.2924Catalog Number: 60.2924Accession Number: 228146

Object Name: lithographObject Type: Lithograph

Physical Description: ink (overall material)paper (overall material)Measurements: image: 12 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in; 31.75 cm x 24.13 cm


Record Id: nmah_325211

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