Friday, May 13, 2005

Prints from 19th-century Hartford on Display at CHS

A press release from the Connecticut Historical Society:

"During the 19th century, Hartford was a major center of print production and publishing. The Kellogg Brothers of Hartford were important rivals of the better-known New York firm Currier and Ives, lithographers famous for bucolic prints of simple American life.

"The inexpensive and colorful prints issued by Daniel Wright Kellogg, and his brothers, Elijah Chapman Kellogg and Edmund Burke Kellogg, offer a cross-section of Victorian tastes; subjects include views of towns and cities, factories, businesses and other prominent buildings, portraits, historical subjects - including lively contemporary depictions of Civil War battles - and a vast array of sentimental portrayals of women, children and animals. Most of these prints were either black and white or hand-colored until after 1867, when the firm was reorganized as Kellogg and Bulkeley and color printing was introduced.

"The CHS Museum is pleased to present a sampling of the nearly 1,000 Kellogg lithographs in its collection - the largest of its kind - in 'Picturing Connecticut: Prints and Drawings of Connecticut Towns and Cities, 1830-1900.' Drawings by Connecticut artists John Warner Barber, Joseph Ropes, and Charles DeWolf Brownell are featured alongside prints by the Kellogg Brothers and birds-eye views of Connecticut towns by artist O.H. Bailey. This featured selection from the CHS Museum Graphics Collection is on view May 13 through July 17, 2005.

"For more information on the Kellogg Collection and other prints, drawings and photographs in the CHS Museum Graphics Collection, visit the online exhibition at"

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