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Allegory of Poetry, Painting, Printing and Exhibition; verso: Figure Sketches; from disassembled Cummings album

Object Number: 
1979.30
Medium: 
Graphite on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 5/8 x 8 in. ( 21.9 x 20.3 cm )
Marks: 
Inscribed at bottom in graphite: "Mr. Francis Hubert a -- combination of the perfections of poetry painting printing / and expedition accompanied by Fame & Dr. Bliss."
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at bottom in graphite: "Mr. Francis Herbert a -- combination of the perfections of poetry painting printing / and exhibition accompanied by Fame & Dr. Bliss." Francis Herbert and Dr. Bliss were the fictious pseudonyms used jointly by W.C. Bryant, R.C. Sands and G.C. Verplanck as the editors of the art journal "The Talisman", 1828-30, reissued in 1833 as "Miscellanies". See Description
Description: 
Caricature: "Francis Herbert", a character composed of a palette face and easel body with printer tools for arms and boots for feet, is shown with a tiny winged Fame holding his horn backwards and Dr. Bliss on the easel. These were the fictious pseudonyms used jointly by W.C. Bryant, R.C. Sands and G.C. Verplanck as the editors of the art journal "The Talisman", 1828-30, reissued in 1833 as "Miscellanies".
Gallery Label: 
This cartoon/allegory is probably meant to represent Henry William Herbert (1807-1858), alias "Frank Forester." The sketch came to the society mounted in an album of sketches and engravings by Thomas S. Cummings and various other nineteenth-century American artists.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Whitney Hartshorne
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group