The Prodigal Son in Misery by D.W. Kellogg and Company

The Prodigal Son in Misery by D.W. Kellogg and Company

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This hand colored print depicts a man dressed in ragged clothes seated in a farmyard tending four pigs that are eating. As the subtitle explains, “He would have filled his belly with the Husks that the swine did not eat.”
The parable of the Prodigal Son or the Lost Son is among the best-known Christian morality tales and is found in Luke 15:11-32. The youngest of the two sons demands his share of his father’s estate which the father gives him. Shortly after, he runs off and squanders the wealth “in wild living.” Finding himself destitute, he returns to his father, repents his ways, and begs to be allowed to serve as a hired servant. The father rejoices at the return of his son “who was lost and is found.” Meanwhile, the obedient, older son is angry and refuses to join the celebration. His father pleads with him to forgive and to understand his joy.
This print was originally produced as an engraving by Amos Doolittle and later printed by the lithographic firm of D. W. Kellogg and Company. Amos Doolittle (1754-1832) was an American engraver who was trained as a jeweler and silversmith. He lived in Connecticut and was especially well known for his four engravings of the battles of Lexington and Concord. He also engraved Biblical scenes, bookplates and portraits.
Daniel Wright Kellogg (1807-1874) founded D. W. Kellogg and Company in Hartford, Connecticut in 1830. Even before its first retail store opened in 1834, the D.W. Kellogg & Co. lithography firm was well established and popular in United States, particularly in the South and the Southwest. As the founding member of the family company, Daniel Wright Kellogg was responsible for the initial growth and popularity of the firm. After he left the company, it continued to flourish for decades under his younger brothers and other family members.
A nearly identical print (60.2946) was made by the Kellogg family about a decade later. Print (60.2940 depicts the same theme with a different image by a different publisher
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lithograph
Object Type
Lithograph
Date made
ca 1838
maker
D.W. Kellogg and Company
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
image: 12 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in; 31.75 cm x 24.13 cm
ID Number
DL.60.2923
catalog number
60.2923
accession number
228146
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Costume
Eating
Livestock
Architecture, Domestic Buildings
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Morality & Religious Prints
Peters Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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