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Decorator

Francis D. Levan (died 1850)

Accession Number

PAG1998.226

Date Range

1841-1843

Description

Printed Taufscheinwith angels in blue and red colored dresses at sides, pair of birds on branch in bottom corners, cherub on cloud at top center.

Dimensions in Inches

15 1/2 x 12 5/8

Materials

Watercolor and ink on paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand lettered

Print Shop Location

Reading, Pennsylvania

Associated Places

Windsor Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania

Category

Birth and baptismal certificate (Geburts-und-Taufschein)

Motifs

birds, angels, branches, horns, clouds

Associated Names

Daniel Jager, Catharina Hoffman, Elisabeth, G.F.J. Jager, Samuel Hoffman, Hanna Hoffman

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

This piece was decorated by Francis Levan, although he did not complete the infill on it. Levan’s style is very flamboyant, as seen here in the colorful embellishment around the angels and putti at the top. Levan’s work is often described as among the zaniest, most colorful, and creative decorations of the artists who decorated the printed Taufscheine. Levan was also among the most prolific of all decorators, with about three quarters of his work done for Berks County families. Levan’s life is largely anonymous, except that his body was found in late 1850 along the road to Kutztown. The Adler book store in Reading noted after Levan’s unpaid dues in their account book, “Good fer Nichts.” Stopp, 4:215.

Condition

Good

Bibliographical Reference

Stopp #694

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. vol. 4, p. 215.

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