A Difficult Sum by Harriet M. Bennett

A Difficult Sum by Harriet M. Bennett

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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.
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Object Name
date made
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)
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
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Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
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National Museum of American History
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