1957.1123 A Drawing, B Frame, view 1
  • 1957.1123 A Drawing, B Frame, view 1
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Drawing (Watercolor drawing)

  • Title:

    Portrait of Johann Abraham Sprenger and family

  • Category:

    Works on Paper

  • Creator (Role):

    Jacob Maentel (Artist)

  • Place of Origin:

    Schaefferstown, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

  • Date:


  • Materials:

    Ink; Watercolor; Paper (wove)

  • Techniques:

    Drawn, Hand colored

  • Museum Object Number:

    1957.1123 A

  • Complete Details

Object Number

1957.1123 A

Object Name

Drawing (Watercolor drawing)


Portrait of Johann Abraham Sprenger and family


Works on Paper

Credit Line/Donor

Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont

Creator (Role)

Jacob Maentel (Artist)
Jacob Maentel was born in Kassel, Hessia, Germany, on October 15, 1778. He immigrated to America by 1811, when he applied for citizenship in York County, Pennsylvania. Maentel worked as a portrait painter in southeastern Pennsylvania, including the Schaefferstown area of Lebanon County, before moving to New Harmony, Indiana, in the late 1830s. There he continued to paint portraits and died about 1863. No official record of his death has been found.

Place of Origin

Schaefferstown, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America






Ink; Watercolor; Paper (wove)


Drawn, Hand colored

Dimensions (inches)

17.6 (H) , 21.98 (W) , 17.4 (Image H) , 21.98 (Image W)

Dimensions (centimeters)

44.6 (H) , 55.84 (W) , 17.4 (Image H) , 21.98 (Image W)

Measurement Notes

H at left. W at bottom.


Hand colored with translucent and opaque watercolors

Object Description

Text available soon.

Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Book] Black, Mary Childs. 1990 Simplicity, A Grace: Jacob Maentel in Indiana.

[Book] Lipman, Jean & Armstrong, Tom. 1980 American Folk Painters of Three Centuries.
Published: p. 120, see pp. 116-123.
[Book] Denker, Bert R. Q & Denker, Ellen Paul. 1979 The Rocking Chair Book.
Published pp. 42-43.
[Book] Ames, Kenneth L. 1977 Beyond Necessity: Art in the Folk Tradition.
Published: p. 57, fig. 55.
[Article] Fiske, Betty & Verplanck, Anne. 01//2002 Vernacular art at Winterthur. Antiques. 161: 194-199.
Published as pl. no. 4.
[Other] Winterthur & Workman Publishing Company. 1992 American Folk Art Calendar (Winterthur).
Published: 1992
[Book] Cooper, Wendy A. & Minardi, Lisa. Paint, Pattern & People: Furniture of Southeastern Pennsylvania 1725-1850.
Published: fig. 4.27, pp. 170 and 259.
[Article] Fleming, Mary Lou & Ruch, Marianne. 1991 Jacob Maentel: A Second Look. Pennsylvania Folklife. 41 (1)

[Article] Fleming, Mary Lou. 1988 Folk Artist Jacob Maentel of Pennsylvania and Indiana. Pennsylvania Folklife. 37 (3)

[Book] Barons, Richard I. 1982 The Folk Tradition: Early Arts and Crafts of the Susquehannah Valley.
Published: p. 33.
[Catalogue] Minardi, Lisa. 2015 A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans & the Art of Everyday Life.
Published: p. 3, fig. 1