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William Otto (1761-1841)

Decorator

William Otto (1761-1841)

Accession Number

PAG1998.211

Creation Date

1837

Description

Printed Taufscheincolored in red, green, and yellow with images of three virtues at the top and sides, bird on branch in lower corners, eagle at bottom center.

Dimensions in Inches

15 5/8 x 12 1/4

Materials

Watercolor and ink on paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered

Print Shop Location

Pottsville, Pennsylvania

Associated Places

Lower Mahantongo Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania

Motifs

eagles, birds, angels, clouds, leavesl

Associated Names

Peter Otto, Catarina Stutzmann, Simon, Denger, Rudolph Dunger, Simon Otto

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

William Otto is believe to be the scrivener of this piece. As he died in 1841, that would put the printing date of this edition earlier than Stopp’s estimate of 1843. This Taufschein is for Simon Otto, a great-grandson of artist Henrich Otto. It appears as if Simon’s name was written over another name that was erased. At least one other Taufscheinehave survived for a sibling of Simon Otto, made for his sister Mary Otto, with the artwork thought to be done by William Otto and the infill by another hand. Stopp lists the date of this piece as 1837. It appears, however, that “184_” is printed on the original piece, which is also noted in Stopp’s list under this edition.

Condition

Good

Bibliographical Reference

Stopp #561.1

Published

Minardi, L. (2019). Pennsylvania Germans and Ursinus College in Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (43-114). Trappe, PA: Unlimited Graphics. 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. 13

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