Old Dog Tray

Old Dog Tray

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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 hand colored print is a three-quarter length view of a young girl putting eyeglasses on a dog. The little girl is wearing a straw hat with flowers and ribbons and wearing a beaded necklace. The collar and cuffs of the red dress have eyelet trim. In the background is an elaborate frame and drapes.
Kellogg & Bulkeley was the lithography firm formed from the partnership between Elijah Chapman Kellogg, Edmund Burke Kellogg, William Henry Bulkeley and Frank Bulkeley. The firm was formed in 1867, and shortly after both Elijah Chapman Kellogg and his brother Edmund Burke Chapman retired. After their retirement the only Kellogg remaining in the business was Edmund’s son Charles Kellogg. By1871 the partnership between the Kellogg family and Bulkeley had been reorganized as an incorporated stock company with the word “Company” added to the firm’s name. The company came to an end when it merged with Case, Lockwood & Brainard to become Connecticut Printers in 1947. Connecticut Printers remained open until 1990 when the Kellogg lithography firm finally ended after 160 years.
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Object Name
Object Type
date made
ca 1860
Kellogg & Bulkeley
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Physical Description
hand-colored (image production method/technique)
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
image: 12 1/2 in x 9 in; 31.75 cm x 22.86 cm
overall: 15 in x 11 in; 38.1 cm x 27.94 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
Comic prints
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Clothing & Accessories
Domestic Furnishings
Peters Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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