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Cottage Life - Spring

Manor house center - carriage, two horses and driver left of center, man standing with third horse, dog on ground, couple and three children approaching from lower right corner. From the Inventory Listing of Sidney A. Alpert "Cottage Life-Spring/ (10.10 x 15) 1856 - M "

 

Bucolic scenes set in the country that featured the home were popular imagery for Currier & Ives prints. The home was the center of Victorian culture and it spawned a sub-culture of homemaking complete with its own set of standards. It was believed that a good home could shape the character of its occupants. Literature like The American Woman’s Home (1869), written by Catharine Esther Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe, served as encyclopedias for managing the home, regardless of its size. For members of the growing middle class who resided in cramped urban environments, images like this and informative literature would provide inspiration to create an ideal home environment.  

Date: 1856

Artists: Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives
Date of Artists: American, 1813-1888 and American, 1824-1895
Medium: Hand-colored lithograph
Measurements: 18 x 12 inches
Access Number: 2004-D03-038
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds

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