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Scrivener

Wlm. Gross (active circa 1861-86)

Decorator

Stencil Printshop Illuminator

Accession Number

PAG1998.223

Creation Date

1865

Description

Printed Taufschein with angels in profile facing outward at sides, pair of birds on vine in bottom corners, spread eagle with banner at top center, colored in blue, green, red, and yellow.

Dimensions in Inches

16 3/4 x 13 7/8

Materials

Watercolor and Ink on Paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand colored

Print Shop Location

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Associated Places

Richmond Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania

Category

Writing exercise document (Vorschrift)

Motifs

angels, eagles, birds, leaves, clouds, laurels

Associated Names

Johannes Wiand, Anna Leibensperger, Mary Ida, Gramlich, Mary Zimmerman

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 may have been colored by a printshop illuminator working with a stencil. The even dispersal of the color and the fact that it appears to be not exactly aligned is an indication of this. Gross, one of the most prolific scriveners, frequently signed his work, as he did here. Gross favored printed Taufscheine with angels, usually filling them out in red but sometimes purple ink.1

Condition

Good

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. 1, p. 219.

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