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Jacob Strickler

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Jacob Strickler (1770-1842)

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Jacob Strickler (1770-1842)

Accession Number

PAG2001.030

Creation Date

1814

Description

Vorschrift with red, blue, and yellow fraktur lettering at top, small floral designs along top.

Dimensions in Inches

7 1/2 x 13

Materials

Watercolor and ink on laid paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered

Associated Places

Shenandoah County, Virginia

Category

Writing exercise document (Vorschrift)

Motifs

stars, flowers, floral

Associated Names

Isaac Sauer

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, English cursive

Language

German, English

Comment

The artist of this piece is the subject of some dispute. In 1988, an exhibit catalog of items included in “Dutch Country Folk Culture in the Pennsylvania German Archives of Ursinus College” mentioned that this piece was found to compare in most details to a Vorschriftsigned by fraktur artist Jacob Strickler in the collection of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Since then, however, at least one scholar of Virginia fraktur has argued that this piece is by an unknown artist who made one other known fraktur, a Vorschriftmade for Jacob Strickler dated 1801. That Vorschriftis in English, however, so it is impossible to compare the handwriting style with the German script on this piece. Jacob Strickler was born in the Mennonite community of Massanutten in Shenandoah County (now Page) in Virginia in 1770. He may have been a preacher within the community as well as a schoolmaster and fraktur artist. Strickler’s style is usually very colorful and flamboyant, sometimes covering the page with images of flowers. The more sedate nature of this piece suggests it may not have been done by Strickler, although the script lettering is very similar to his hand.

Condition

Good

Published

Rumford, Beatrix, ed. American Folk Paintings: Paintings and Drawings Other Than Portraits from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center (Boston: A New York Graphic Society Book Published in Association with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1988), 311, 325. Minardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, Pa.: Historic Trappe, 2019). p. 99, fig. 3.74.

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