Augustus Köllner. [On Board Ship]. From Common Sights on Land and Water Delineated & Described for Young Children.
Philadelphia: American Sunday School Union, 1852. Ca. 7 x 9 1/2. Lithograph by Köllner. Hand color. Bottom left hand margin corner chipped. Bend in upper left hand corner. Else, very good condition. Very scarce. Wainwright 2. A/A
The American Sunday School Union was founded in 1824, its purpose “To establish a Sunday School in every needy neighborhood in the United States, and to publish and circulate a religious literature suitable for youths and adults.” The Union boasted that they published a book every Saturday and one of the most delightful was a children’s picture book entitled Common Sights in Town & Country. This work contained twelve lithographs by Köllner, each accompanied by a page of text. The prints were based on images of common tradesmen and scenes in Philadelphia. This series brought the trend of illustrating Philadelphia life in prints to a peak, for in these images the physical surroundings are only incidental to the genre scene depicted. Other series Köllner contributed to were Common Sights on Land and Water (1852); City Sights for Country Eyes (1856) ; Country Sights for City Eyes (1858) and Picture Lessons Illustrating Moral Truth (ca.1855).