Fraktur (Birth certificate)

  • Title:

    Birth certificate (Geburts-schein) of Emanuel Bollinger

  • Category:

    Works on Paper

  • Creator (Role):

    Samuel Bentz (Artist)

  • Place of Origin:

    Cocalico Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

  • Date:

    1816-1840

  • Materials:

    Ink; Watercolor; Paper (wove)

  • Techniques:

    Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered

  • Museum Object Number:

    1957.1238


  • Complete Details



Object Number

1957.1238

Object Name

Fraktur (Birth certificate)

Title

Birth certificate (Geburts-schein) of Emanuel Bollinger

Category

Works on Paper

Credit Line/Donor

Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont

Creator (Role)

Samuel Bentz (Artist)
02/26/1792-03/21/1850
References: Earnest, Papers for Birth Dates, pp. 55-59. Bentz was known as the Mount Pleasant Artist until 1986, when the only signed work by him was discovered. Bentz's father was an itinerant farmer, joiner and itinerant Lutheran preacher (not an ordained pastor) who committed suicide in 1818. It is unclear whether Bentz was affiliated with any church, and he is one of a few fraktur artists who do not include religious verses on their certificates (he also rarely included birth and baptism location). He is also known for drawing clocks on his certificates.

Place of Origin

Cocalico Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

Origin Notes

Bentz lived in Cocalico Township from about 1796 until his death in 1850.

Date

1816-1840

Materials

Ink; Watercolor; Paper (wove)

Techniques

Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered

Dimensions (inches)

8.9 (H) , 7.2 (W) , 8.7 (Image H) , 6.7 (Image W)

Dimensions (centimeters)

22.5 (H) , 18.2 (W) , 8.7 (Image H) , 6.7 (Image W)

Measurement Notes

OH and OW.

Watermark

none

Coloring

Hand colored with watercolors

Object Description

Text available soon.

Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Book] Earnest, Russell D. & Earnest, Corinne P. 1997 Papers for Birth Dayes: Guide to the Fraktur Artists and Scriveners. 2 vols. 909.
For more on Bentz, see pp. 90-93. This example not listed.
[Article] Weiser, Frederick S. 1986 "Samuel Bentz, the 'Mount Pleasant' Artist". Der Reggeboge: Journal of the Pennsylvania German Society. 2 (2)