Fraktur (Religious broadside)

  • Title:


  • Category:

    Works on Paper

  • Creator (Role):

    Herman William Villee (Printer)

  • Place of Origin:

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

  • Date:


  • Materials:

    Ink; Watercolor; Paper

  • Techniques:

    Woodcut, Letterpress, Hand colored

  • Museum Object Number:

    1960.0213 A

  • Complete Details

Object Number

1960.0213 A

Object Name

Fraktur (Religious broadside)




Works on Paper

Credit Line/Donor

Museum purchase

Creator (Role)

Herman William Villee (Printer)
References: Stopp, The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the Pennsylvania Germans, vol. 2, pp. 124 and 130-36. Villee changed his last name from DeVille by court order (no date given). He was the son of the governor of Paris and fought under Napoleon before being forced to flee France in 1815. He printed three types of certificates, each in German and English editions, as well as broadsides.

Place of Origin

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



Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Inscription; Bottom center; PRINTED BY H. W. VILLEE/ Bookseller and Stationer, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


Religious imagery


Ink; Watercolor; Paper


Woodcut, Letterpress, Hand colored

Dimensions (inches)

12.5 (H) , 15 (W) , 11.8 (Image H) , 14.5 (Image W)

Dimensions (centimeters)

31.75 (H) , 38.1 (W) , 11.8 (Image H) , 14.5 (Image W)

Measurement Notes

Measurements by sight, in frame. OH at left. OW at bottom. Image H at center. W at bottom. No measurements in conservation files.

Publisher Summary

Villee, Herman William

Place of Publication

Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America


Hand colored with watercolors

Object Description

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Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Book] Fowble, E. McSherry. 1987 Two Centuries of Prints in America, 1680-1880 : A Selective Catalogue of the Winterthur Museum Collection.
Published: no. 387, pp. 528-29.
[Book] Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Inc. & The Walpole Society. 1963 Prints pertaining to America: a list of publications in English, relating to prints about that portion of America now included in the United States with emphasis on the period 1650-1850: and a checklist of prints in an exhibition to commemorate the 1962. 99 p.
Published: no. 118, p. 45.
[Book] Yoder, Don. 2005 The Pennsylvania German Broadside: A History and Guide.
Related examples of similar prints.
[Book] Earnest, Russell D. & Earnest, Corinne P. 2005 Flying Leaves and One-Sheets: Pennsylvania German Broadsides, Fraktur, and Their Printers.
Related examples of similar prints.
[Article] Pieska, Christa. 1989 "The European Origins of Four Pennsylvania German Broadsheet Themes: Adam and Eve; The New Jerusalem-the Broad and Narrow Way; The Unjust Judgement; the Stages fo Life". Der Reggeboge: Journal of the Pennsylvania German Society. 23 (1): 6-32.