A Difficult Sum by Harriet M. Bennett

A Difficult Sum by Harriet M. Bennett

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Description
This 1895 chromolithographed color book illustration is entitled “A Difficult Sum.” It depicts an older boy helping a younger boy with an arithmetic problem. They are sitting together on a school bench and holding a slate. Behind them is an open window looking onto a green landscape. There are several books strewn on the floor and an apple on the bench. On the back of this page is an image of a seaside cottage along with a poem.
The British artist who created the original illustration in 1892 was Harriet M. Bennett, a watercolor painter and illustrator of children’s books, who specialized in 18th and 19th century figure subjects of children in idealized rural settings. She worked at Forest Hill, London, and exhibited many paintings at The Royal Academy between 1877 and 1892.
The printer was Ernest Nister of London and Germany. It was published by E.P. Dutton of New York City in 1895.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
print
date made
1895
maker
Dutton, Thomas G.
place made
United States: New York, New York
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
chromolithograph (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 11 in x 8 1/2 in; 27.94 cm x 21.59 cm
print: 9 1/4 in x 7 1/4 in; 23.495 cm x 18.415 cm
image: 8 in x 6 in; 20.32 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
2014.0244.364
accession number
2014.0244
catalog number
2014.0244.364
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
subject
Education
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Cultural and Community Life: Education
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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