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"The Picture Alphabet"

Object Number: 
1937.603
Date: 
1850-1855
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 x 10 3/4 in. ( 30.5 x 27.3 cm )
Marks: 
printed: at bottom corner: " THE/ PICTURE/ ALPHABET. / BOSTON CHEMICAL PRINTING COMPANY"
Description: 
Copperplate-printed cotton kerchief in blue ink on white ground, of a picture alphabet in 28 rectangles in four columns with images of animals and objects representing each letter; "&" and the company name also are in rectangles; flower border.
Gallery Label: 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group