Fraktur: Certificate of the Birth and Baptism of Jonathan Lindemuth in Shenandoah County, Virginia

Object Number: 
INV.1173
Date: 
1821
Medium: 
Brown ink, watercolor, and gouache on paper laid on heavy watercolor paper overmatted
Dimensions: 
Mat: 8 3/4 x 10 3/8 in. ( 22.2 x 26.4 cm ) Overall (sight): 8 x 9 5/8 in. (20.3 x 24.4 cm)
Marks: 
handwritten: at center: "Jonathan Lindemuth ist / geboren in Virginien Schenandoah Caunty den 30ten October 1821 / seine Taufzeugen sind Jonathan Foltz und seine frau Elisabeth Seine / Eltern sind Andreas Lindemuth und seine ehefrau Rosina, Er ward / geta
Description: 
Fraktur: Horizontal rectangular sheet with handwritten German inscription enclosed in a heart at lower center; decorated with cherub between gold tassels at top center and pink, yellow, and green floral sprays in bottom corners.
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.
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Creative: Tronvig Group