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Louis Prang: Innovator, Collaborator, Educator

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Water-color studies, for the use of art-schools and art-students.

This text book used chromolithographs to teach the art of watercolor painting. The twelve floral scenes were after artist C. Ryan. Some of the works are shown in four stages, to help students copy the images. Shown here are the pages for "Apple…

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…

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…

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…

Springtime

Scene after Dutch landscape artist A.J. van Wyngaerdt. Lithographed by Hermann Harring, a chromist that worked for Prang for over fifteen years taking paintings and breaking down their colors to create a replica in lithograph form. "Springtime" was…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…