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Francis Portzline (1771-1857)

Accession Number

PAG1998.017

Date Range

1800-1815

Description

Plate 20. Circle of small red, black, and yellow hearts at top center, red birds with red and yellow checkered wings at top, black birds with red and yellow checkered wings at bottom, two overlapping hearts at bottom center of large central heart.

Dimensions in Inches

9 1/2 x 11 1/2

Materials

Watercolor and ink on laid paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered

Decorator Location

Juniata, Perry and Union Counties, Pennsylvania, York, Pennsylvania

Motifs

hearts, stars, 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, English cursive

Language

English

Transcription

Certificate of birth & Christning On the day of in the year of our Lord/ a was born to thes two Parents/ and his wife, before/marriage Miss this child was born in/ township, in the County of ______/and State of Pennsylvania and was baptised by/minister and received the name/ofon the day of/ in the year of our Lord witness present to holy act of baptism

Comment

Francis Portzline operated a store and worked as a surveyor in York County, Pennsylvania from 1804-1812. He then served as a schoolmaster in Union County (now Snyder County). Portzline made fraktur in both English and German. He often signed his work, but in the absence of a signature his fraktur is often distinguished by the Celtic knots that he drew. Portzline made both vertical and horizontal Taufscheine, frequently positioning the text within a large heart located slightly above the center of the page to allow room for decorations.

Condition

Poor - torn

Bibliographical Reference

Earnest, 623-624

Published

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

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