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Friederich Speyer (active circa 1781-1803)

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Friederich Speyer (active circa 1781-1803)

Accession Number

PAG1998.153

Creation Date

1800

Description

Plate 23. Three-heart design with angels in profile in top corners, rampant lions and pelicans with worm in beaks below central heart.

Dimensions in Inches

13 x 16

Materials

Watercolor and Ink on laid Paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand lettered

Print Shop Location

Ephrata, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Associated Places

Heidelberg Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

Motifs

lions, storks, angels, floral, hearts

Associated Names

Johan Georg Becker, Anna Maria Lowenstein, Elisabetha

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

It is often the case that the imagery on fraktur does not seem to relate in any way to the text. This piece raises an interesting question. The mother’s maiden name is Löwenstein. In German, the word for lion is die Löwe. Although Friedrich Speyer did include lion motifs on other Taufscheine, could there be a connection in this piece of image and text, or was it simply a coincidence? The baptismal information was also left blank on this piece.

Condition

Good

Bibliographical Reference

Stopp #258

Published

Minardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, Pa.: Historic Trappe, 2019), pp. 43-114. Stopp, Klaus. The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans. 6 vols. Mainz, Germany, and East Berlin, Pa.: privately published, 1997–99. 2:190. Shoemaker, Alfred L. Check List of Pennsylvania Dutch Printed Taufscheins. Lancaster, Pa.: Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center, 1952. 47.

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