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Louis Prang: Innovator, Collaborator, Educator

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Should with joy ye mortals pray

This card, designed by Dora Wheeler, won the second prize in the 1881 Competition. The retail cost of this card was $1.25 with fringed trim, or $.75 without. The poem on the back of the card is by New England poet Celia Thaxter. After winning $2000…

Good Saint Santa

This card, designed by Lizbeth B. Humphrey, won the second artist’s prize in the 1881 competition. A young girl kneels while Santa Claus is seen in the corner with a hand to his ear, listening to the girl’s wishes.

Boston Prize card

Entered for the fourth and final competition of Prang's Christmas cards in 1884, Humphrey's card won the popular prize by Boston votors and garnered much attention. Known as the "Boston prize card" this card depicts a woman and two children standing…

Plate LXIV. Quadrangular vase (Fang P’ing) of the Ch’ien-lung period, 1736-1795.

Plate LXIV from Prang's master work Oriental Ceramic Art, published in 1897. After testing lithographers throughout Europe to reproduce his ceramics collection, William T. Walters gave L. Prang & Co. the commission after seeing the quality of…

Lithographer.

This image is one of twelve published by Prang in 1874 depicting common occupations and trades in "Prang's aids for object teaching." This scene shows four men working at different stations in a lithographic printing office. From left, a man is seen…

Sketch of Charleston Harbor.

This map shows the action of battle in and around Charleston, South Carolina, during the early days of the Civil War. Prang published maps chronicling the battles within days after they happened to keep those in and around Boston abreast of the…

Spaniel and woodcock

One of a pair of scenes depicting hunting dogs after Arthur F. Tait. Tait, a British artist, began his artistic career painting wildlife, turning more towards domesticated and farm animals later in his career after his move to the United States.…

Reed's American dressing for blacking and polishing ladies' and children's boots & shoes.

Elaborate advertisement for Reed's shoe polish. A large bald eagle perched on a rock extends its wings beyond a "frame" or proscenium adorned with scrollwork and U.S. flags. At left foreground, a pile of boxes supports two glass bottles. Each box is…

Prang's Easter cards

This advertisement proof shows steps in the process of creating a chromolithograph. A small hole in the upper right corner was used to keep the sheet of paper in place while printing. The chromist would line the paper according to the lines marked at…

Pumpkin time.

This idyllic fall scene depicts two men working in a field of corn and pumpkins, tying corn stalks. Across a stream at left is a farm house and barn. Ducks and cows are seen grazing in the yard. This print was advertised in the Publisher's weekly in…