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Presentation Fraktur of a Double Eagle
David Kulp (1777–1834)

Location: Pennsylvania, United States

Date: c. 1815

Materials: Watercolor and ink on paper

Dimensions: 7 5/8 × 6 1/4"

Credit: Gift of Ralph Esmerian

Accession Number: 2005.8.40

Photo credit: Sotheby's

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Birds were an endless source of fascination to the Pennsylvania Germans. This meticulously drawn fraktur of a double-headed eagle recalls the Hapsburg imperial arms. It is by David Kulp, a Mennonite schoolmaster in the northwestern townships of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Once a student of fraktur artist John Adam Eyer, as an adult Kulp worked at the very schools in which Eyer had taught, making large numbers of Notenbüchlein (booklets of musical notation), and bookplates for hymnals. He also served as a scrivener, auction clerk, auditor, appraiser, and assessor.

Stacy C. Hollander, "Presentation Fraktur of a Double Eagle," exhibition label for Jubilation|Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined. Stacy C. Hollander, curator. New York: American Folk Art Museum, 2012.


Presentation Fraktur of a Double Eagle
Date: c. 1815
Artist:
Dimensions: 7 5/8 × 6 1/4"
Materials: Watercolor and ink on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Ralph Esmerian
Place/Region: United States
Description: Drawing, pen and ink of double-headed hapsburg eagle, with feathered pattern overall with red and yellow ink. Spread tail wings and splayed legs. Floral elements, top L and R with tulips and leaves. Border 4 sides in red, yellow, black.
Accession Number: 2005.8.40
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