Item No: frk00180
Title: Drawing (Woman with Flower and Two Cherubs)
Wove paper; watercolor; ink
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.
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.
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Anonymous - Decorator
Anonymous - Scrivener