Fraktur Artist's Toolkit


Item Info

Item No: frkr00001d
Title: Fraktur Artist's Toolkit
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script
Language: German
Category: Other
Media Type: Realia
Source: Rare Book Department

These are some of the contents of the Fraktur Artist’s Toolkit. They include five hand-drawn and hand-colored images of geometric motifs, each measuring about 4cm x 4cm. The motifs relate closely to the work of the Wetzel-Geometric Artist (see also FLP 344, 645, and 1030 for examples of this artist's work).  Also included are sixteen clippings of printed text in Fraktur, consisting of a dialogue between God and Adam and Eve. Each clipping measures about 2cm x 10.5cm. Finally, the kit includes two hand-lettered pieces of text, measuring about 4cm x 8cm. They are two stanzas from the popular text “Ich bin getauft (I am baptized).”  For images of the closed and opened case, see frk00001a and frk00001c.


"Wetzel-Geometric 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, pp. 808-809.

Creation Place State/Province: Creation Place Note:Based on design characteristics and artist's location

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): ca. 1810
ShelfMark: PA Ger R-1
Creator Name: [Wetzel-Geometric Artist (active c. 1780-1816)] - Decorator
[Wetzel-Geometric Artist (active c. 1780-1816)] - Scrivener


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