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Johann Adam Eyer (1755-1837)

Accession Number

PAG2004.007

Date Range

1800-1810

Description

Pen and ink page from Vorschrift Büchlein with fraktur lettering on top line, script verse and alphabet beneath.

Dimensions in Inches

7 7/8 x 6 1/4

Materials

Ink on laid paper

Technique

Hand lettered

Associated Names

Johannes Dettur, Johannes DeTurck, Jhan. Dedirck, Jhai Decker

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 Adam Eyer, one of the more influential and prominent fraktur artists, was born to Lutheran parents but taught in numerous Mennonite schools, beginning in Hilltown township, Bucks County in 1779.[1] Eyer produced numerous types of fraktur, among them the Vorschrift Büchleinas seen here.[2] These booklets usually measured about 8 x 6 inches, and were four pages with a decorative cover. The first page was a colorful title page, followed by a page with a hymn on it. Next was a page with a hymn or religious verse at the top with the alphabet beneath, followed by a fourth page with more verse. This piece would be the third page in such a booklet. Although none of the other pages remain with this piece, the probable title page to this booklet is also still extant in a private collection. That title page, inscribed for “Isaac Detirck,” features a large central heart, along with numerous colorful flowers, birds, a trumpeting angel, and a pair of mermaids.

Condition

Good

Published

Weiser, Frederick S. “I A E S D: The Story of Johann Adam Eyer, Schoolmaster and Fraktur Artist” in Ebbes fer Alle-Ebber, Ebbes fer Dich: Something for Everyone—Something for You (Breinigsville, PA: The Pennsylvania German Society, 1980). Vol. 14. pp. 437-439, 449.

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