early-to-mid-1800s

Fraktur

Date: 1816

Sometimes Fraktur artists made two-page documents. This one, which was made for a Susanna Streit, is an example.  It is on woven rag paper, and was executed in watercolor and gall ink. Likely this was the same Susan Streit who was the daughter of Charles and Catherine (Fries) Streit. She married James Curl Hott, son of John and Margaret Rebecca (Fries) Hott, in 1839, and she died in 1868. The “Frederick County Record Artist” beautifully documented her name in Fraktur, as well as those of many other early Valley residents. Ironically, the artist’s own name remains unknown.

Medium: Paper, Iron Gall Ink, Watercolor

Dimensions: H: 8 x W: 6 3/5 in.

Place: Frederick County, Virginia (attributed)

Accession: 2000.0015

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Works on Paper - Fraktur

Tags: Frederick County

Purchased in 2000.