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Louis Prang: Innovator, Collaborator, Educator

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The Prang elementary course in art instruction.

This text book was used for the second half of the seventh year as part of Prang's seven year art education curriculum. This copy is signed by Katharine A. Fehr, Class A. (Likely Katharine A. Fehr Reigel of Reading, Penn., born 1881.) Inside are…

Prang's shorter course in form study and drawing

This textbook includes exercises on drawing basics such as line, forms and shapes. This copy was owned by Bessie Lawrence of Manheim, Penn (b. May 1885). The book not only includes her pencil drawings inside the text book, but also a crayon drawing…

Finishers and embellishers

In December, 1884, Wide Awake magazine wrote a fictionalized story of how Prang produced his famous Christmas cards. It follows a group of high school girls from Madison, Wisconsin, as they tour the more famous sights in Boston. One girl wishes to…

The Yellowstone National Park, and the mountain regions of portions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Utah

The Yellowstone National Park is considered one of Prang's greatest chromolithographic achievements. Taking the watercolors from Thomas Moran's 1871 expedition to Yellowstone for the United States government, Prang recreated Moran's fifteen…

Centennial celebration of the invention of lithography

This photograph was taken at the centennial celebration of the anniversary of the invention of lithography, held in Philadelphia, July, 1896. Sitting prominently in the front left in a light colored suit is Louis Prang, chosen as the president of the…


This print is from a set of calendar pages published by Louis Prang in 1876. These scenic prints show the New England landscape through each month of the year, and marks Prang’s first collaboration with floral and bird painter Fidelia Bridges.…

Portrait of Lizbeth Humphrey.

Lizbeth Humphrey was a talented illustrator whose works published by Prang were among his most popular. This portrait is from a volume published by Prang, shortly after her death, exhibiting some of her most popular and beautiful prints.

Early autumn on Esopus Creek, Kingston, N.Y.

This landscape is one of L. Prang & Cos. first published chromolithographs. Part of a set of two, depicting scenes by Alfred T. Bricher, the set sold for $12, a large amount of money at the time, especially compared with scenic lithographs…

Peace on Earth Christmas card

This card, designed by Lizbeth B. Humphrey, won the third prize in the 1881 Christmas card competition. Here, a blonde woman stands on a crescent moon and extends an olive branch that she holds in her hand, while a dove escapes from the other.

Prang's Prize babies

This progressive proof book shows the process in creating an image from nineteen separate color stones. The book was made for salesmen selling the print, to explain the process. The image, after an oil painting by Ida Waugh, depicts six infants…