The Prodigal Son Receiving His Patrimony by E.B. and E.C. Kellogg

The Prodigal Son Receiving His Patrimony by E.B. and E.C. Kellogg

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This colored print is an interior scene depicting three men around a table in a well-appointed study. They are dressed in tightly tailored blue or brown frock coats with white shirts, ties and britches. One is standing and receiving money from his father. The other son is seated on a red chair and looks on disapprovingly.
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 produced by E.B. Kellogg and E.C. Kellogg and Kelloggs & Thayer after an engraving by Amos Doolittle. Edmund Burke Kellogg (1809-1872) and Elijah Chapman Kellogg (1811-1881) were brothers of the founder of the Kellogg lithography firm, Daniel Wright Kellogg (1807-1874). After D.W. Kellogg moved west, his two brothers took over the family lithography firm in 1840 and changed the name to E.B. & E.C. Kellogg. The younger two of the four Kellogg brothers, they were responsible for the continued success of the family firm. These two brothers were also involved in the eventual partnerships between the company and Horace Thayer in 1845 or 1846, John Chenevard Comstock (1818-1862) in 1848 and William Henry Bulkeley (1840-1902) in 1867. The print was produced by the lithography firm of Kelloggs & Thayer. Kelloggs and Thayer was the first partnership formed by Elijah Chapman Kellogg (1811-1881) and Edmund Burke Kellogg (1809-1872) after they took over the family firm from their brother Daniel Wright Kellogg (1807-1874). Horace Thayer (1811-c. 1874) was a map dealer and in 1845 or 1846 the men opened a shop in New York. The partnership appears to have dissolved in 1847. In 1848, the Kellogg brothers formed a new partnership with John Chenevard Comstock (1818-1862).
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Object Name
Object Type
Date made
ca 1847
Needham, D.
E.B. and E.C. Kellogg
Kelloggs & Thayer
original artist
Doolittle, Amos
Kellogg, E. B. and E. C.
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Physical Description
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
image: 12 in x 8 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 21.59 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
Communication, letter writing
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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