The Seven Stages of Matrimony by E.C. Kellogg and Company

The Seven Stages of Matrimony by E.C. Kellogg and Company

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This colored print shows a couple in various stages of a relationship. The figures are depicted on ascending steps, from "Quizzing" on the lower left to the top center, titled "The Marriage", and then descending to the last step at bottom right, titled "The Divorce". Allegorical vignettes below the figures also depict each stage. In the center are verses that corresponded with each scene. This comic print presents an image similar to the popular ladders or stairs of life prints which first appeared in the 16th Century but were popular as 19th Century prints.
This print was produced by the lithography company, E. C. Kellogg and Company. The company was a continuation of the Kellogg family firm. In 1851, after the brief partnership of Kellogg & Comstock disbanded, E.C. Kellogg continued running the business under the name E.C. Kellogg & Co. His brother, E.B. Kellogg, rejoined the firm in 1855, and it became known as E.B. & E.C. Kellogg and Company.
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Object Name
Object Type
Date made
ca 1852
Horace Thayer & Company
E.C. Kellogg and Company
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Physical Description
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
image: 8 1/2 in x 13 in; 21.59 cm x 33.02 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
Communication, letter writing
U.S. National Government, judiciary
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Clothing & Accessories
Domestic Furnishings
Morality & Religious Prints
Peters Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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