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Lover's Quarrel

Lover's Quarrel

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 colored print is of two women and a man. One of the women is seated on a chair, the other stands behind her. The man stands with his back to both. The man and the seated woman are sharing or comparing miniatures of each other. All are wearing elaborate clothing of an earlier period. The seated woman is wearing a necklace, two bracelets and earrings. The standing woman is wearing a bracelet and earrings. Behind the two women is a table cluttered with several jars, bottles and boxes. There is a screen obstructing the view of the rest of the room.
This lithograph was published by the lithography firm Case & Waters. Case & Waters was based in Hartford, CT and started producing lithographs in 1834. Lucius Case was a great competitor of the Kellogg family lithography firm. He partnered with various other lithograph printers including, Case & Skinner from 1840-1842 and Case & Green from 1849-1852. He was known for his work with copperplate engraving.
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Object Name
Object Type
date made
ca 1850
Case & Waters
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 10 1/2 in x 9 in; 26.67 cm x 22.86 cm
overall: 12 in x 9 1/4 in; 30.48 cm x 23.495 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
Courtship, love
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Peters Prints
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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