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Accession Number

PAG1998.018

Date Range

1839-1843

Description

Plate 76. Central text panel flanked by angels at top and sides with harvest motifs of corn, grapes, fruit, and wheat at bottom.

Dimensions in Inches

15 3/4 x 12

Materials

Watercolor and ink on paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered

Print Shop Location

Reading, Pennsylvania

Category

House blessing (Haus Segen)

Motifs

angels, clouds, corn, grapes, fruit, flags, birds, laurel

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

Little study has been done to date of printed fraktur other than Taufscheine, making it very difficult to compare this Haus Segen with other examples. The imprint on this piece is “Reading; gedruckt und zu haben bey John Ritter und Comp.” On Taufscheine with the imprint given in German such as this, Ritter almost always gave his first name as Johann rather than John. It is interesting that on this Haus Segen he deviated from this pattern. Only on Taufscheine from c. 1839-1843 did he use an imprint giving his name as John Ritter, so a date from this time period has been tentatively assigned to this edition of the Haus Segen.

Condition

Good

Bibliographical Reference

Stopp, 4:166 - 169, 208 - 209. See 212 - 215 for “John Ritter"

Published

Stopp, Klaus. The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans. 6 vols. Mainz, Germany, and East Berlin, Pa.: privately published, 1997–99. Minardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, Pa.: Historic Trappe, 2019), pp. 43-114.

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