Lifting the Mortgage by Pendleton's Lithography

Lifting the Mortgage by Pendleton's Lithography

This black and white print depicts a man seated at a table, with a dog at his feet. The man is signing a pledge to give up “Strong Drink” with "total abstinence." A well-dressed man looks on. A woman, young daughter and baby are in the background looking relieved as the home appears to be deteriorating. A man in rags, probably the farmer’s drinking partner, is carrying a bottle and seen departing.
This print was produced by Pendleton's Lithography. John B. Pendleton (1798-1866) was one of America's earliest lithographers. Along with his brother William Pendleton (1795-1879), he started a lithograph printing house in Boston in 1825. The firm printed portraits, landscapes, sheet music covers, and other illustrations. Not long after it opened in Boston, the Pendleton brothers moved their lithograph business to New York City. In 1829 or 1830, John B. Pendleton moved to Philadelphia and briefly operated the firm Pendleton, Kearny, & Childs with Francis Kearny (1785-1837) and Cephas G. Childs (1793-1888). Pendleton then worked as a carpenter and proprietor of a planning mill until 1851.
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Object Name
Object Type
Date made
ca 1830
Pendleton's Lithography
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 6 1/2 in x 9 in; 16.51 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
Architecture, Domestic Buildings
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Temperance Movement
Peters Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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