Drawing (Woman with Flower and Two Cherubs)

Drawing (Woman with Flower and Two Cherubs)

Item Info

Item No: frk00180
Title: Drawing (Woman with Flower and Two Cherubs)
Weiser Number: 552
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Wove paper; watercolor; ink
Category: Drawing
Media Type: Drawings
Source: Rare Book Department

Hand-drawn; hand-colored. In the upper left is a woman in a long dress. In one hand, she is holding a lyre. A bird is perched atop her other hand. To her right is a pot with a large stemmed and leafy tulip. In the lower portion of the document are two inward-facing cherubs, one with a banner bearing a cross and the other with a wreath and a palm branch in his hand. The cherubs are copied from house blessings printed by Johann Ritter & Co. of Reading, Berks County, PA and the woman with lyre is copied from angel motifs on printed birth and baptismal certificates printed by Ritter.

Associated Names: Ritter, Johann
Provenance: Henry S. Borneman


Don Yoder, The Pennsylvania German Broadside: A History and Guide (University Park, Pa.: The Pennsylvania State Univ. Press for the Pennsylvania German Society and Library Company of Philadelphia, 2005), pp. 204-205.

Klaus Stopp, The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans (East Berlin, Pa.: Russell D. Earnest Associates, 1998) vol. 4, pp. 171-207.

Russell and Corinne Earnest, Flying Leaves and One-Sheets: Pennsylvania German Broadsides, Fraktur, and their Makers (New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press, 2005), pp. 150-151.

Creation Place State/Province: Creation Place Note:Based on design characteristics

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): ca. 1840
Image Dimensions Width: 32 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 180
Creator Name: Anonymous - Decorator
Anonymous - Scrivener

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