Drawing for Barbra Oberholtzer

Drawing for Barbra Oberholtzer

Item Info

Item No: frk00011
Title: Drawing for Barbra Oberholtzer
Scripts/Text: Fraktur
Weiser Number: 673
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Wove paper; watercolor

Barbra Oberholtzerin


Barbra Oberholtzerin

Category: Drawing
Media Type: Manuscripts
Source: Rare Book Department

Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The name is framed by a heart that supports the leaves of a large tulip in the center of the drawing. At the top is an eagle holding a cache of arrows in his claws, and a red, white and blue banner in his beak. Several small decorative motifs flank the tulip. This drawing may have been a bookplate.

A drawing made for Francis Weisel of Bedminster Township, Bucks County and dated 1838 has a closely-related eagle motif.

Associated Names: Oberholtzer, Barbra
Provenance: Henry S. Borneman


"Weisel Family Artist" in Russell D. and Corinne P. Earnest, Papers for Birth Dayes: Guide to the Fraktur Artists and Scriveners (East Berlin, Pa.: Russell D. Earnest Associates, 1997), 2nd ed., vol. 2, p. 799.

Corinne and Russell Earnest, Fraktur: Folk Art and Family (Atglen, Pa.: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1999), see p. 104 for a related example.

Judith Tannenbaum, "Connecting Past to Present: Contemporary Artists with Links to Fraktur," in Framing Fraktur: Pennsylvania German Material Culture & Contemporary Art, ed. Judith Tannenbaum (Philadelphia: Free Library of Philadelphia, 2015), published on p. 85 as fig. 73. 

Creation Place County: Creation Place Note:Based on design characteristics and family name

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): ca. 1840
Image Dimensions Width: 43.5 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 11
Creator Name: [Weisel Family Artist (active c. 1838)] - Scrivener
[Weisel Family Artist (active c. 1838)] - Decorator

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