Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein)

Attributed to Daniel Schumacherc. 1781

Reading Public Museum

Reading Public Museum

Schumacher was born in Germany and immigrated to North America in 1751. By 1754, he had settled in Pennsylvania, where he made a reputation for himself as a rather unorthodox preacher and one of the 18th century’s most original fraktur artists. He made Birth and Baptismal certificates for many of the children he baptized. This certificate includes brief moral lessons placed in the lower corners, in this case, within the hearts. Some of his favorite motifs included hearts, flowers (mostly tulips), bouquets of flowers in baskets, angels, the “eye of God” and human figures.

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  • Title: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein)
  • Creator: Attributed to Daniel Schumacher
  • Date Created: c. 1781
  • Physical Dimensions: 32.5"h x 59.25"w
  • Type: work on paper
  • Medium: iron gall ink and watercolor on paper
  • Culture: American
  • Credit Line: Museum Purchase
  • Creator Death Date: 1787
  • Creator Birth Date: 1729


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