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Durs Rudy, Sr. (1766-1843)

Decorator

Durs Rudy, Sr. (1766-1843)

Accession Number

PAG2001.031

Creation Date

1804

Description

Drawing of Adam and Eve surrounded by trees, flowers, and animals, with inscription below.

Dimensions in Inches

9 1/2 x 12

Materials

Watercolor and ink on laid paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand lettered

Scrivener Location

Skippack, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Decorator Location

Skippack, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Motifs

deers, trees, tulips, pine trees, birds, suns, snakes, religious, Adam, Eve

Associated Names

Durs Rudy Senior, Durs Rudy Junior

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 not certain whether Durs Rudy Senior (1766-1843) or Durs Rudy Junior (1789-1850) or both made fraktur. Some scholars have argued that both did, but Gerard C. Wertkin in his article on the fraktur of Durs Rudy argued that there was only one artist. Rudy was of Swiss origin and immigrated with his family from Germany in 1803, where they soon settled in Lehigh county. Rudy made several renditions of the Adam and Eve story, with this being the earliest dated example. In this piece, Rudy began by using the present tense, as if he was an observer to the event.

Condition

Good

Published

Hershey, Mary Jane Lederach. This Teaching I Present: Fraktur from the Skippack and Salford Mennonite Meetinghouse Schools, 1747–1836. Intercourse, Pa.: Good Books, 2003. 123. Minardi, Lisa. "Pennsylvania German Folk Art Finds a New Home." Early American Life, 50, no. 5. (2019): 51. MInardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, Pa.: Historic Trappe, 2019). p. 62, fig. 3.36.

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