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Sarah Bixler

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Sarah Bixler

Accession Number

PAG2002.0150

Date Range

1831-1840

Description

Small drawing with text in German and English, images of two birds with pale blue wings, yellow sun, and tulips.

Dimensions in Inches

3 x 6 3/4

Materials

Watercolor and ink on paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered

Associated Places

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Motifs

tulips, sunflowers, flowers, music notes, birds

Associated Names

Egelmann

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, English script

Language

German, English

Transcription

Die Himmelstochter Sc[hr]eibekunst/Erwirbt sich aller Menschen gunst/Ist unentbährli ch jedermann,/Lährt wie man schreibent reden kan /Sie spricht mit Freunden in der Ferne/O Kauf dis Buch und Schr[e]ib u. lerne

Translation

Hail Youth Here use these copys right/They shew quite simple how to write/Learn but the letters form by heart/Then soon you’L gai n this noble art/And know how magis lines are drawn/Come buy this book before, t is gone

Comment

This piece is copied very closely from the cover of C.F. Egelmann’s 1831 edition of Deutsche and Englische Vorschriften für die Jugend, a popular penmanship manual. Egelmann used his creative genius to combine appealing aesthetic design with both spiritual and commercial text, encouraging people to “come buy this book” in order to learn the “noble art” of handwriting. The two birds drawn here are also copied from the cover of Egelmann’s booklet.

Condition

Good

File Format

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