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Rudolph Heinrich Ottomar Grossmann (active circa 1850-87)

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Rudolph Heinrich Ottomar Grossmann (active circa 1850-87)

Accession Number

PAG1998.204

Date Range

1852-1854

Description

Plate 80.Printed Taufschein with forward-facing angels in red, yellow, and green, pair of birds in lower corners colored in yellow, purple, and red.

Dimensions in Inches

17 x 14

Materials

Watercolor and ink on paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered

Print Shop Location

Reading, Pennsylvania

Associated Places

Macungie, Northampton County, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

Motifs

birds, leaves, books, angels, clouds, horns

Associated Names

Philip Schmitt, Catharina Haass, Anna Maria, Herzel, Daniel Haas, Regina Walbert

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

Fraktur lettering, German script

Language

German

Comment

This brightly-colored certificate is exemplary of the bold, splashy style of Rudolph Heinrich Ottomar Grossmann, who often signed his name R.H.O.Grossmann. Grossmann used vivid purples, reds, greens, and yellows in his work and frequently embellished the printed designs by adding crests to birds and encircling figures with dots and dashes.1This certificate, despite its late date of printing, was made for someone baptized in 1795. The scrivener neatly crossed out the pre-printed “8” in 18__ and replaced it with a 7. Also it is interesting that the small Bible is open and reads “Holy Bible” despite the fact the certificate is printed in German. This is the same edition as PAG1998.219

Condition

Good

Bibliographical Reference

Stopp #697

Published

Minardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, Pa.: Historic Trappe, 2019), pp. 43-114. Stopp, Klaus. The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans. 6 vols. Mainz, Germany, and East Berlin, Pa.: privately published, 1997–99. 4:217.

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