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Conrad Gilbert (1734-1812)

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Conrad Gilbert (1734-1812)

Accession Number

PAG1998.171

Creation Date

1800

Description

Plate 6. Bold red, black, and yellow design with vertical parrots flanking central text, geometric floral designs at top and bottom.

Dimensions in Inches

8 1/8 x 13

Materials

Watercolor and ink on Laid paper

Technique

Drawn

Associated Places

Brunswick, Berks County, Schuylkill County

Motifs

birds, flowers, parrots, floral

Associated Names

Philipp Hey, Anna Maria Gilbert, Joseph, Henrich Hertzel, Martin Werner, Philib Meyer, Anna Maria Schneiter, Filip Meier

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

Johan Conrad Gilbert was a schoolmaster working primarily in Berks county.Gilbert made numerous Taufscheine and small drawings, sometimes with religious or secular text, many decorated with parrots, unicorns, etc. Always visually pleasing, these are among his most finely-executed parrots with their crisp lines and very intricate detailing. Gilbert, along with his parents and siblings, arrived in America in 1750. They settled in western Philadelphia(now Montgomery) county, in Douglas township. In the late 1770s he and his wife and children moved to the Tulpehocken area of Berks county. Five fraktur made for members of his family and one for a relative of one of his children’s spouses are known. Gilbert drew and filled out this Taufscheine for his grandson Joseph Hey, the son of his daughter Anna Maria. Joseph married Anna Maria Schneider when he was twenty-five, as someone added below the birth and baptismal information on the Taufschein.

Condition

Good

Published

Minardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, Pa.: Historic Trappe, 2019), pp. 43-114.

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