Collection  |  Photo, Print, Drawing Pennsylvania German fraktur, broadsides, and related drawings

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Title
Pennsylvania German fraktur, broadsides, and related drawings
Summary
Most of the fraktur, a form of Pennsylvania German folk art, are printed or manuscript birth and baptismal certificates (Taufscheine), with watercolor decoration. The manuscript fraktur also include several writing samples (Vorschriften); two valentines; drawings of various flowers, birds, animals, houses, a farm, and Dauphin County Prison in Harrisburg, Pa.; biblical scenes; and other designs. Among the printed fraktur are numerous views of Adam and Eve in paradise, scenes from the life of Christ, house blessings (Haus-Segen), other religious images, and broadside texts with letters from God (Himmelsbriefen), moral poems, and a spiritual labyrinth. Of special interest is the Life and Ages of Man print. There is also an apparently unrelated Italian print, La Via del Paradiso, acquired with the fraktur.
Contributor Names
Brechall, Martin, active 1783-1823, illuminator
Bruckman, Carl Augustus, 1792-1828, printer
Krebs, F. (Friedrich), -1815, illuminator
Peters, Gustav Sigismund, 1793-1847, printer
Sebald, H. (Hugo), active 1850-1870, engraver
Johann Ritter und Companie, printer
Created / Published
ca. 1777-c1924, bulk ca. 1780-ca. 1880.
Subject Headings
-  Adam--(Biblical figure)
-  Eve--(Biblical figure)
-  Jesus Christ
-  Pennsylvania Dutch--Arts & crafts--1770-1930
-  Biblical events
-  Birds--1770-1930
-  Flowers--1770-1930
-  Prison facilities--Pennsylvania--Harrisburg--1850
Format Headings
Baptismal certificates--American--1770-1930.
Birth certificates--American--1770-1930.
Broadsides--American--1770-1930.
Calligraphy--American--Hand colored--1770-1930.
Devotional images--American--1770-1930.
Drawings--American--Hand-colored--1770-1930.
Frakturs (Illumination)--American--1770-1930.
Ink drawings--American--Hand-colored--1770-1930.
Lithographs--American--Hand-colored--1770-1930.
Pictorial family records--American--1770-1930.
Rewards of merit--American--1770-1930.
Valentines--American--1770-1930.
Watercolors--American--Hand-colored--1770-1930.
Woodcuts--American--Hand-colored--1770-1930.
Notes
-  Arrangement: Arranged in general by medium (drawings before prints), type of document, and creator.
-  Published finding aid describing individual fraktur is available in Prints and Photographs Reading Room, filed under call number LOT 12683. It includes illustrations; indexes to names, artists, and publishers; and bibliography.
-  Lot title devised.
-  Includes fraktur by 52 identified artists, illuminators, calligraphers, printers, and publishers. Those represented by four or more items are: C. Bruckman, F. Krebs, G.S. Peters, Johann Ritter, and H. Sebald. There is also one item by noted illuminator Martin Brechall. The printed fraktur are all from Pennsylvania (Allentown, Annville, Ephrata, Hanover, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pottsville, and Reading) except for one issued in Venice, Italy. Sixty-one fraktur are anonymous.
-  Works range in character from drawing and illumination in pen and ink and watercolor and pencil, to woodcut and lithographic prints, to letterpress and type ornament broadsides and certificates.
-  Purchase, 1943. (DLC/PP-1943:155).
-  Pennsylvania German fraktur and printed broadsides : a guide to the collections in the Library of Congress / compiled by Paul Connor & Jill Roberts. Washington : Library of Congress, 1988.
Medium
158 items (prints, drawings, and manuscripts) on paper : most hand-colored ; sheet 49 x 40 cm. or smaller.
Call Number/Physical Location
LOT 12683 (H) [P&P]
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Library of Congress Control Number
91706456
Language
English
German
Online Format
image
Description
158 items (prints, drawings, and manuscripts) on paper : most hand-colored ; sheet 49 x 40 cm. or smaller. | Most of the fraktur, a form of Pennsylvania German folk art, are printed or manuscript birth and baptismal certificates (Taufscheine), with watercolor decoration. The manuscript fraktur also include several writing samples (Vorschriften); two valentines; drawings of various flowers, birds, animals, houses, a farm, and Dauphin County Prison in Harrisburg, Pa.; biblical scenes; and other designs. Among the printed fraktur are numerous views of Adam and Eve in paradise, scenes from the life of Christ, house blessings (Haus-Segen), other religious images, and broadside texts with letters from God (Himmelsbriefen), moral poems, and a spiritual labyrinth. Of special interest is the Life and Ages of Man print. There is also an apparently unrelated Italian print, La Via del Paradiso, acquired with the fraktur.
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Chicago citation style:

Brechall, Martin, Active , Illuminator, Carl Augustus Bruckman, F Krebs, Gustav Sigismund Peters, H Sebald, and Printer Johann Ritter Und Companie. Pennsylvania German fraktur, broadsides, and related drawings. Harrisburg Pennsylvania, None. ca. 1777-c1924, bulk ca. 1780-ca. 1880. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/91706456/.

APA citation style:

Brechall, M., Bruckman, C. A., Krebs, F., Peters, G. S., Sebald, H. & Johann Ritter Und Companie, P. Pennsylvania German fraktur, broadsides, and related drawings. Harrisburg Pennsylvania, None. ca. 1777-c1924, bulk ca. 1780-ca. 1880. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/91706456/.

MLA citation style:

Brechall, Martin, Active , Illuminator, et al. Pennsylvania German fraktur, broadsides, and related drawings. ca. 1777-c1924, bulk ca. 1780-ca. 1880. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/91706456/>.