1961.1118 Fraktur, 1957.1182 Frame, view 1
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Fraktur (Baptismal wish)

  • Title:

    Baptismal wish (Taufwunsch) of Johan Heinrich

  • Category:

    Works on Paper

  • Creator (Role):

    Sussel-Washington Artist (Scrivener and decorator)

  • Place of Origin:

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

  • Date:

    1771-1779

  • Materials:

    Ink; Watercolor; Paper (laid)

  • Techniques:

    Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered

  • Museum Object Number:

    1961.1118


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Object Number

1961.1118

Object Name

Fraktur (Baptismal wish)

Title

Baptismal wish (Taufwunsch) of Johan Heinrich

Category

Works on Paper

Credit Line/Donor

Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont

Creator (Role)

Sussel-Washington Artist (Scrivener and decorator)
References: Earnest, Papers for Birth Dayes, pp. 407-10; Swank, Arts of the Pennsylvania Germans, p. 243. The Sussel-Washington Artist takes his name from Arthur J. Sussel, Philadelphia antiquarian and fraktur collector, from whose sale Winterthur purchased fraktur 58.120.15 at Sotheby's on October 24, 1958. This artist's designs are distinguished by men and women in colonial and Old World dress. He also made Taufwunsches (baptismal wishes) rather than Taufscheins. Taufwunsches typically begin with the heading "Tauf Wunsch", followed by a religious message and then the birth and baptismal information - the opposite order from Taufscheins. Since Taufwunsches were more popular in Europe than America, a European (possibly Swiss) background for this artist has been suggested. Identifying this individual is complicated by the fact his two dozen or so known pieces list birthplaces from six counties.

Place of Origin

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

Origin Notes

Primary creation place is birthplace on certificate. Artist probably also worked in Lancaster County.

Date

1771-1779

Materials

Ink; Watercolor; Paper (laid)

Techniques

Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered

Dimensions (inches)

6.3 (H) , 7.9 (W) , 6.12 (Image H) , 7.62 (Image W)

Dimensions (centimeters)

16 (H) , 20 (W) , 6.12 (Image H) , 7.62 (Image W)

Measurement Notes

H at left. W at bottom. Image measurements by sight, in frame; not in conservation files. Image H at left. Image W at bottom. Chain intervals and laid lines per cm not measured.

Watermark

Partial at bottom edge: Brittania(?) in a triple circle

Coloring

Hand colored with watercolors

Object Description

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Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Article] Evans, Nancy Goyne. 02//1973 Documented Fraktur in the Winterthur collection, Part I. Antiques. 103 (2): 307-18.
Published as fig. 3, pp. 308-9.
[Book] Barons, Richard I. 1982 The Folk Tradition: Early Arts and Crafts of the Susquehannah Valley.
Published: fig. 58 on p. 52..
[Chapter] Yoder, Don. "The European Background of Pennsylvania's Fraktur Art" [Book] Amsler, Cory M. 2001 Bucks County Fraktur. 15-37.
On the baptismal wish or taufwunsch, see pp. 31-32.
[Book] Earnest, Russell D. & Earnest, Corinne P. 1997 Papers for Birth Dayes: Guide to the Fraktur Artists and Scriveners. 2 vols. 909.
Published on p. 755; on this artist, see pp. 754-756.