The Schoolmaster and Scholar, Both Puzzled. engraving by Illman Brothers for Peterson Magazine

The Schoolmaster and Scholar, Both Puzzled. engraving by Illman Brothers for Peterson Magazine

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A 19th Century color engraving of a young student speaking to his teacher in a classroom. Both appear to be stumped by a question and the boy is scratching his head with his left hand. It is entitled “The Schoolmaster and Scholar, Both Puzzled.” Also printed below the image is the caption: “But, Sir, If Wanst Naught Be Nothing, Then Twice Naught Must Be Something; For It’s Double What Wanst Naught Is.”
The engraving is based on an original painting by Erskine Nicol (1825-1904), an Irish-Scots figure painter. It was engraved expressly for Peterson’s magazine by Illman Brothers. This periodical was published in Philadelphia from 1842 – 1898 and focused on news and features of interest to women of that era.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
engraving
maker; engraver
Illman Brothers
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9 in x 6 in; 22.86 cm x 15.24 cm
image: 6 3/4 in x 5 in; 17.145 cm x 12.7 cm
ID Number
2017.0095.349
accession number
2017.0095
catalog number
2017.0095.349
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
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National Museum of American History
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