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Son of Temperance by James S. Baille

Son of Temperance by James S. Baille

This full-length, hand-colored print depicts a young man wearing a badge on a ribbon around his neck that hangs to his waist. He is holding a scroll with a pledge of temperance. The pledge reads, "No brother shall make, buy, sell or use as a beverage any spirituous or malt, liquors, wine, or cider." There is heavy red drapery with a tassel hanging behind him.
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 mid1840s. 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.
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Object Name
Object Type
Date made
Sons of Temperance
Baillie, James S.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 12 in x 8 in; 30.48 cm x 20.32 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
Chronology: 1840-1849
Uniforms, fraternal
Fraternal Associations
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Clothing & Accessories
Temperance Movement
Peters Prints
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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