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Louis Prang: Innovator, Collaborator, Educator

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May.

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.

Yours truly, Louis Prang

Portrait of Louis Prang taken from the 25th anniversary of Prang's career in lithography, in 1881. "The Prang souvenir" highlighted the achievements of Prang's career, and included his biography, poems and illustrations dedicated by his employees.…

Prang factory, Roxbury, Mass.

Here is a view of L. Prang & Cos. second factory building in Roxbury, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. The first building, opened in 1867, was destroyed by fire in 1872.

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…

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…

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.