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Louis Prang: Innovator, Collaborator, Educator

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Dessert No. 7

Still life image of a glass flute filled with champagne on a clothed table surrounded by a walnut, grapes, and peaches. A fly also stands on the table. This image is from a series of dessert prints published by Prang, and was lithographed by J.…

Harvesting, near San Jose

View of men seen in a field, loading hay onto an ox drawn cart in northern California. In the foreground, a man sits in the grass on a blanket. In the distance, mountains are seen. This print was part of a set of fourteen scenes of California painted…

Plate LXIX, Fish and dragon plate

One of the one hundred and sixteen plates chromolithographed by Prang for the 1897 publication Oriental Ceramic Art. Prang's attention to detail and fine reproduction of William T. Walter's Asian ceramic collection won him praise from artists and…

Color instruction; suggestions for a course of instruction in color for public schools

This text book, co-authored by Prang, Mary Dana Hicks and John S. Clark, was meant for the use in public schools to teach color theory and instruction. The book is divided into semesters, with ideas and lessons for teaching school children colors for…

Late autumn in the White Mountains.

This scene depicts the New Hampshire fall foliage, set against the background of the White Mountains. A river runs through the center of the scene with colorful maple and birch trees lining the shore. This chromo was a companion to "Early Autumn on…

Near Bethel, on the Androscoggin, Maine

View of a small pond in Bethel, Maine, where ducks are seen swimming and grazing. The town of Bethel is seen in the distance. Another landscape chromo lithographed by Hermann Harring, after artist S. Coleman. This print was advertised in Prang's…

Dessert no. 4

The fourth in a series of dessert still lifes published by Prang in the early 1870s. Lithographed by Hermann Harring after self-taught Ohio still life artist Carducius Ream. This print depicts a bowl of raspberries on a wooden, marble-topped table…

Heaven give you many many merry days.

This card, designed by C.C. Coleman, won third prize in the 1881 Christmas card competition. The back of the card features a short poem by New England poet Celia Thaxter. Thee card depicts an unlikely Christmas still life scene with an Oriental vase…

Joy. peace, health and plenty

This unsigned Christmas scene was likely an entry in the 1881 Christmas Card Competition. It sold in 1881 for $3 per set of twelve, and includes a poem by "N.C." on the back. The scene features a mother cat and her two kittens looking towards the…

Thy only wish, wish I thee in every place

Winner of the first prize in the second Christmas card competition, this card was designed by Elihu Vedder, an American artist and illustrator. The card, dedicated to his wife, depicts a woman dressed in gold, with Medusa-like ribbons flying from her…