True Love

True Love

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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 colored portrait print is of a seated woman gazing at a bouquet of Forget-Me-Nots which she is holds. The woman is wearing a simple dress, a band around her wrist, and a necklace with a double row of beads around her neck. The portrait is in an oval cartouche framed by flowers.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lithograph
Object Type
Lithograph
date made
n.d.
maker
unknown
place made
World
Physical Description
hand-colored (image production method/technique)
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
image: 10 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in; 26.67 cm x 21.59 cm
overall: 14 in x 10 in; 35.56 cm x 25.4 cm
ID Number
DL.60.2309
catalog number
60.2309
accession number
228146
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Courtship, love
Adornment
Flowers
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Clothing & Accessories
Art
Peters Prints
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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