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Daniel Peterman (1797-1871)

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Daniel Peterman (1797-1871)

Accession Number

PAG1998.205

Date Range

1851-1864

Description

Plate 19. Taufschein with women in bottom corners in red and white dresses, both holding large flowering vines, pair of birds at top center under small cluster of grapes.

Dimensions in Inches

13 1/4 x 16 1/4

Materials

Watercolor and ink on wove paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered

Scrivener Location

Codorus Township, York County, Pennsylvania

Decorator Location

Codorus Township, York County, Pennsylvania

Associated Places

Codorus Township, York County, Pennsylvania

Motifs

birds, tulips, flowers, stars, women, leaves

Associated Names

Jacob Fisher, Elisabeth Mesemor, Mandilla, A. Berg

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 German Museum of Art

Provenance

Pennsylvania Folklife Society

Script/Text

English cursive

Language

English

Transcription

Certificate of Birth/and Baptism./To these two persons as Jacob Fisher and his wife Elisabeth/a born Mesemer was born a Daughter to the World o n the 14/day of March A.D. 1851. this Child was born in Codorus/township York County State of Pennsylvania in North America./And was baptised on the day of March A.D. 1851 by Rev d /M r A. Berg and received the Name Mandilla sponsers/were, the parints./Our souls he washed with his blood. As water makes the body cle a n./And the good Spirit of our God Decends like purifying rain.

Comment

Daniel Peterman was among the last major fraktur artists to entirely hand-draw his certificates into the mid-nineteenth century. Peterman worked in York County and continued using the earlier horizontal format for his Taufscheine. Peterman, who worked as a schoolmaster, stone cutter, and laborer, used both English and German in his work. He frequently drew images of women on his certificates, which he sometimes labeled with names. The names have not been connected to any that appear on the certificates however. He also typically placed the women standing on a cloud, very similar to the printed angel certificates that Johan Ritter produced (see plate for example)

Condition

Good

Published

Earnest, Corinne P., Patricia Earnest, and Russell D. Earnest. The Jungmann Woodblock Fraktur Artist of Reading, Pennsylvania: With a Peek at Other Woodblock Artists. Clayton, Del.: R. D. Earnest Associates, 2016. 618. Minardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, Pa.: Historic Trappe, 2019), pp. 43-114.

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