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Louis Prang: Innovator, Collaborator, Educator

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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…

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.…

Dipper missing

Trompe l'oeil image of various Civil War supplies hanging from a door by Boston artist Darius Cobb. A rusted canteen, a Union hat and a knapsack hang from a white door. At the bottom is a note pinned on the door that reads "dipper missing" with a…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…