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Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein)

Attributed to the Earl Township Artist No. 1c. 1830

Reading Public Museum

Reading Public Museum

The Earl Township Artist No. 1 is known by only a few remaining examples of hand-drawn fraktur, some of which remain blank, intended as stock on hand for future use. The artist has been given the designation of the township located near Reading, Pennsylvania noted on each of the examples in this surviving group. It is likely that he was a schoolmaster in the area but thus far, he has not been specifically identified. His fraktur are characterized by downturned drooping dotted tulips, cross-hatching and elongated leaves. Although he is one of the few artists to use a pale pink hue, his colors are generally more intense. His formats were both horizontal and vertical with rectangular or circular reserves for text.

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  • Title: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein)
  • Creator: Attributed to the Earl Township Artist No. 1
  • Date Created: c. 1830
  • Physical Dimensions: 14.0625"h x 16.6875"w
  • Type: work on paper
  • Medium: iron gall ink and watercolor on paper
  • Culture: American
  • Credit Line: Museum Purchase
  • Creator Death Date: 1840
  • Creator Birth Date: 1810

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