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Portrait of a Student

Artist/Maker:
Henkel, Solomon
Place Made:
New Market Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
1825-1835
Medium:
wood –ink –paper
Dimensions:
Print (A) HOA: 13 1/2; WOA: 8
Woodblock (B) HOA: 10; WOA: 6
Accession Number:
5550.3a-b
Description:
This woodblock was used to print the accompanying portrait of a schoolboy. He holds a quill pen in one hand and has a book tucked under his arm. This illustration may have been intended to accompany a text, though this particular copy shows no evidence of having been bound.

The Henkel Press was founded in 1806 by Ambrose Henkel (1786-1870) and his brother Solomon Henkel (1777-1847). The press is best known for publishing German-language religious literature. The press also produced more mundane graphic materials for the people of the Shenandoah Valley.

RELATED OBJECTS: MESDA has a large collection of Henkel Press material (acc 5550). Among this material are woodblocks, books, prints, and manuscript material. MESDA also has a New Market fancy-painted chair owned by press co-founder Solomon Henkel (acc. 5838)

DESCRIPTION: Woodblock (B) and print (A) in black ink on paper of a man holding a feather pen in one hand and a book in the other with bushes in the background.

Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund