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Fraktur: Certificate of the Birth and Baptism of Jonathan Lang in Berks County, Pennsylvania

Object Number: 
1937.1812
Date: 
1800
Medium: 
Watercolor, brown ink, and gouache on beige paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 17 3/4 x 12 3/4 in. ( 45.1 x 32.4 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed in German at center: "Jonathan Lang / ist geboren den 6ten Mertz 1800 in Pennsylv. / in Berks Cownty in Maxedany [Maxatawny] Townschip. / Der Vater war Peter Lang und die / Mutter Elizabetha eine geborne / Küferin. Und wurde getauft von Hn. Henr. / Helfrig. Taufzeugen waren / Adam Klein und seine frau / Magdalena."
Description: 
Fraktur: Horizontal rectangular sheet with handwritten German inscription enclosed in a heart in the center; decoration in sepia and bright pink watercolor consisting of a flower in each upper corner and a bird in each lower corner.
Gallery Label: 
The Pennsylvania Germans practiced a manuscript art called Frakturschrift or Zierschrift in German ("fraktur" in museum and collecting terminology). This art form, combining calligraphy with decorative motifs in ink and watercolor, was produced widely in Pennsylvania and in German settlements in other states from the mid-18th to the mid-19th century.
Credit Line: 
Elie Nadelman, Museum of Folk Arts, Riverdale-on-Hudson, Bronx, New York
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group