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Martin Brechall (circa 1757-1831)

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Martin Brechall (circa 1757-1831)

Accession Number

PAG1998.172

Creation Date

1813

Description

Central circle with heart at either side and ovals in bottom corners, red, blue, and yellow floral designs and borders.

Dimensions in Inches

13 1/8 x 15 3/4

Materials

Watercolor and ink on laid paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered

Associated Places

Lower Nazareth Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania

Motifs

hearts, circles, flowers, floral

Associated Names

Jacob Beck, Susanna, Conrad Has, Conrad Haas, Carl, Johann Conrad Jager, Henrich Beck, Catharina Beck

Rights

Please contact the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College for permissions which fall outside of educational fair use.

Source

Ursinus College Library Special Collections and the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art

Provenance

Pennsylvania Folklife Society

Script/Text

Fraktur lettering, German script

Language

German

Comment

Martin Brechall was a schoolmaster in many of the German-settled areas of Pennsylvania, especially Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties. Brechall employed a variety of formats and layouts in his work, usually decorating them with bold floral designs colored in strong reds and blues. The intense color and elaborate scheme of this piece is much more involved than Brechall’s usual pieces, making this truly one of his masterpieces. In this example, he included the verse from the common Ich bin getauft...poem in the hearts along the sides,along with another text in the ovals for which the source is unknown. After 1814, Brechall began using printed Taufscheine forms.

Condition

Good

Published

Minardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, Pa.: Historic Trappe, 2019). p. 80, fig. 3.54.. Earnest, Russell D., and Corinne P. Earnest. Papers for Birth Dayes: Guide to the Fraktur Artists and Scriveners. Rev. ed. 2 vols. (East Berlin, Pa.: R. D. Earnest Associates, 1997). pp. 117-119.

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