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Picturing Victorian America
Prints by the Kellogg Brothers of Hartford, Connecticut, 1830-1880
Nancy Finlay, ed.; Kate Steinway, fwd.




Connecticut Historical Society
2009 • 252 pp. 110 color illus., 1028 thumbnail illus. 9 1/2 x 12"
American Art

$30.00 Paperback, 978-1-881264-10-1
$65.00 Hardcover, 978-1-881264-09-5

$23.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7125-0

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“The library of American nineteenth-century lithography is blessed with several shelves of important publications. … Nancy Finlay’s Picturing Victorian America: Prints by the Kellogg Brothers... [continued in Reviews below]”—Rosemarie L. Tovell, Imprint

A landmark reference on 19th-century American lithographic production

This is the first book-length account of the pioneering and prolific Kellogg family of lithographers, active in Connecticut for over four decades. Daniel Wright Kellogg opened his print shop on Main Street in Hartford five years before Nathaniel Currier went into a similar business in New York and more than twenty-five years before Currier founded his partnership with James M. Ives, yet Daniel and his brothers Elijah and Edmund Kellogg have long been overshadowed by the Currier & Ives printmaking firm.

Editor Nancy Finlay has gathered together eight essays that explore the complexity of the relationships between artists, lithographers, and print, map, and book publishers. Presenting a complete visual overview of the Kelloggs’ production between 1830 and 1880, Picturing Victorian America also provides museums, libraries, and private collectors with the information needed to document the Kellogg prints in their own collections. The first comprehensive study of the Kellogg prints, this book demands reconsideration of this Connecticut family’s place in the history of American graphic and visual arts.

CONTRIBUTORS: Georgia B. Barnhill, Lynne Zacek Bassett, Candice C. Brashears, Nancy Finlay, Elisabeth Hodermarsky, Richard C. Malley, Sally Pierce, Michael Shortell, Kate Steinway.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“The library of American nineteenth-century lithography is blessed with several shelves of important publications. … Nancy Finlay’s Picturing Victorian America: Prints by the Kellogg Brothers of Hartford, Connecticut, 1830¬–1880, the first scholarly study of Kellogg prints unquestionably joins the ranks of these publications as a work of essential reading.”—Rosemarie L. Tovell, Imprint

“Well-illustrated, handsomely designed, thoroughly researched, and meticulously edited, Picturing Victorian America is the standard work on the Kelloggs’ contribution to nineteenth-century American lithography.”—Paul S. Koda, Printing History

“This comprehensive volume presents an impressive history of the firm and thoughtful essays that assess what the prints can tell us about topics including domesticity, costume, architecture, and family history. The book’s timeline, biographies, checklist of prints, and dating guide are invaluable.”Helena E. Wright, author of Prints at the Smithsonian

“This admirably wide-ranging and profusely illustrated history of the Kellogg firm, its prints, and their place in the rise of visual culture in America, stands as a major contribution to the history and interpretation of the popular graphic arts. It tells us much, and with fresh perspectives, about the vital interplay of pictures and people in an educated society.” —David Tatham, professor of fine arts, Syracuse University

Awards/Recognition:

Winner of the Ewell L. Newman Award from the American Historical Print Collectors Society (2009)
Winner of the Betty M. Linsley Award from the Association for the Study of Connecticut History (2010)


NANCY FINLAY is the curator of graphics at the Connecticut Historical Society. She has worked at the New York Public Library, the Houghton Library at Harvard University, and the Princeton University Library, and has written widely on the graphic arts.



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