The Life & Age of Man by James Baille

The Life & Age of Man by James Baille

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This colored print depicts a male from infancy to old age in decade-long spans. This was a popular and recurring theme of genteel society during the 19th Century. The figures are shown on ascending steps up to age 50 and then descending, with age 100 being the lowest to the right. Each image portrays a well-dressed youth or man in appropriate attire for his position in society (i.e., gentleman, soldier, elder). Verses beneath each figure associate a depicted animal with that stage of life. A small vignette of two people standing near a monument in a cemetery is in the center foreground.
This print was produced by James S. Baillie, who was active in New York from 1838 to 1855. James Baillie started as a framer in 1838, and then became an artist and lithographer in 1843 or 1844. He discovered how to color lithographs while working as an independent contractor for Currier & Ives in the mid 1840s. He was a prolific lithographer and colorist for Currier & Ives, and his prints were extremely popular with a wide distribution. James Baillie spent his later years concentrating on painting instead of lithography.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lithograph
Object Type
Lithograph
Date made
ca 1847
distributors
Sowle & Shaw
maker
Baillie, James S.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
image: 8 in x 13 in; 20.32 cm x 33.02 cm
ID Number
DL.60.2935
catalog number
60.2935
accession number
228146
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Wild Animals
Drinking
Livestock
Patriotism and Patriotic Symbols
Economy
Uniforms, Military
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Clothing & Accessories
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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