Baptising Scene by Endicott & Swett

Baptising Scene by Endicott & Swett

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This exceptional colored print depicts a woman being baptized by a minister in the Hudson River, north of Manhattan. A large group of well-dressed, white Protestant parishioners are watching from the riverbank and a nearby dock. Three black children stand clustered together in the center foreground.
Roman Catholics view baptism as an essential sacrament to be performed as soon as possible after a child's birth. Some Protestants, by contrast, perform baptisms later as a conscious desire to receive God's word and commit to a faith so some Protestant churches wait to baptize members as older children or as adults as well as baptizing new members or converted adults. This print depicts baptism as a ceremony in which a person officially associates herself with the community of believers.
This print was produced by Endicott & Swett. George Endicott (1802-1848) was born in Canton, Massachusetts. During the 1820s, prior to his partnership with Moses Swett, he worked as an ornamental painter in Baltimore, Maryland. His partner Moses Swett (1804-1838) was born in Poland. He worked for the Pendleton lithography firm as an artist and draftsman from 1826 to 1828. The partnership Endicott & Swett began in 1830 in Baltimore. Shortly after establishing their business, the two partners moved to New York. In July of 1834 the partnership dissolved, and Swett continued to work on his own in New York from 1834-1837. Endicott stayed on as the head of the company until his death in 1848. His younger brother William Endicott (1816-1851) then took over. After William Endicott died in 1851 his son and wife ran the business as Endicott & Company until 1886.
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Date made
Van Valkenburgh, James
Endicott & Swett
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 9 in x 12 in; 22.86 cm x 30.48 cm
ID Number
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Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
Chronology: 1830-1839
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National Museum of American History
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