Fraktur: "Sag Was Hilft Alle Welt Mit...", Calligraphy Lesson (Vorschrift)
Watercolor, brown ink, and gouache on paper laid on canvas
Overall: 8 x 13 1/2 in. ( 20.3 x 34.3 cm )
inscription: at top: "Sag Uns hilft / Alle Welt Mit Ihrem [Buch?] / Und geld Alles Berschwind Geschwind gleich wie der Rauch / . . ."
With inscriptions in German
Fraktur. Horizontal rectangular sheet with handwritten German inscription inside floral border; large ornate initial "S" in red with black detailing in upper left corner.
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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