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Kellogg brothers of Hartford

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History of firms:

From about 1830 through the rest of the century, the Kellogg brothers, in various partnerships among themselves and with others, published popular lithographs in Hartford, Connecticut. These firms issued the second largest number of decorative prints intended for the American public, surpassed only by their New York rivals, Currier & Ives, producing thousands of lithographs, most hand-colored, which ended up in the homes and work places of Americans. The Kelloggs' prints were typical of the popular print style: colorful, affordable and with images covering much the same range of topics as those of their New York counterpart. Subjects included portraits, historical events, scenes of daily life, views, religious themes, politics, sports, animals, sentimental images and any other topic that might be of interest to the American public.

The Connecticut Historical Society Museum, which holds the largest collection of Kellogg prints, is conducting an ambitious project to compile a complete chronological list of all the prints issued by the Kelloggs between 1830 and 1900, and to produce a major publication about their work. The CHS has published a superb reference on the firm, edited by Nancy Finlay, Curator of Graphics. Entitled Picturing Victorian America: Prints by the Kellogg Brothers of Hartford, Connecticut, this is the definitive reference on the Kelloggs. Nancy is continuing to conduct primary research on the firm and is trying to locate additional resources, including prints and documents, in public and private collections throughout the United States.


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List of prints:

[ Genre | Portraits & Names | Historical | Views | Marine | Miscellaneous ]

Genre

Kellogg: Uncle Tom & Little Eva
"Uncle Tom and Little Eva." Hartford: E.C. Kellogg and Buffalo: Horace Thayer & Co., 1852. Original hand color. Expertly repaired tear at bottom left; chips in margins not affecting image. Finlay: 936. $650


"The Angler. Fishing for a prize worth having." Hartford: Kellogg & Comstock and New York: Ensign & Thayer. 8 x 12. Original hand color. Some wear in margins. In period frame. $425


"Home and Friends." Hartford: E.C. Kellogg and Buffalo: Horace Thayer. 8 1/4 x 12 1/4. Stock number 178. Denver. $350


"Home and Friends." Hartford: Kellogg & Comstock and New York: Ensign & Thayer. 8 1/4 x 12 3/8. A variation of the print above. Repaired tear in bottom margin. $275


Kellogg Woman
"The Life & Age of Woman. Stages of Woman's Life from the Cradle to the Grave." Hartford: E.B. & E.C. Kellogg. 8 1/2 x 12 3/4. Original hand color. Very good condition. $450


"The Marriage Evening." Hartford: E.C. Kellogg and Buffalo: Ensign, Thayer & Co., 1852-54. 11 1/8 x 8 3/8. Original hand color. Stock number 484 $275


"The Snare." Hartford: Kellogg, and New York: Ensign & Thayer. 8 1/4 x 11 3/4. Original hand color. Trimmed just into image top and sides. Imprint only partly legible. $65



Portraits & Names

"Louis Napoleon Bonaparte. Emperor of the French." Hartford: E.C. Kellogg and Buffalo: Horace Thayer & Co. 13 3/8 x 9 1/4. Original hand color. Very good condition. Stock number 299. $175


"John Brown." Hartford: E.B. & E.C. Kellogg, 1858-59. Also, Chicago: Golden, Sammons & Co. 11 3/4 x 8 1/2. Paper time toned and some repaired marginal tears. Overall, good condition. Denver. $275


"Martin Van Buren." Hartford: D.W. Kellogg. Vignette, ca. 9 x 9. Lithograph. Original hand color. Repaired tear in bottom right, well away from image. Otherwise very good condition. This print was issued based on a life-portrait of Van Buren, either shortly before or during his presidency. $175


"Genl. George Washington. The Father of His Country." Hartford: Kellogg & Comstock, New York: George Whiting, and Buffalo: D. Needham. Ca. 12 x 9. Original hand color. Very good condition. $325


"George Washington." Hartford and New York: E.B. and E.C. Kellogg, and Buffalo: D. Needham, 1847. 11 1/4 x 8 1/2. Original hand color. Very good condition. Stock number 320. $375


Kellogg: Lincoln candidate
"Abraham Lincoln. Republican candidate for Sixteenth President of the United States." Hartford: E.B. & E.C. Kellogg; New York: Geo. Whiting; 1860. 11 1/4 x 8 1/4. Lithograph with original hand color. Good margins. Cleaned and deacidified with remnant of old mat stain. Brashears & Shortell: 3. Finlay, 3.

A strong campaign print for Abraham Lincoln by the Kellogg brothers and their associate George Whiting in New York. This was probably the first print of Lincoln by the Kelloggs. The face, which is beardless, may have been based on a photograph of Lincoln, but the resemblance is poor. The firm issued another (reversed) campaign print which has a better image of Lincoln, which seems to indicate that this version was rushed out as soon as information reached Hartford that Lincoln had been nominated. Typically of such campaign prints is the fact that "Republican candidate for" is in small type between Lincoln's name and the designation "Sixteenth President ..." This would have allowed the firm to reissue the print if Lincoln was elected by simply erasing the middle line of the title. The Kelloggs did do that with the later campaign portrait (cf. Brashears & Shortell 4 & 5), but this hurried print seems to have been discarded once the better print was made. $1,800



Name prints:


"Isabelle." Hartford: Kellogg & Comstock and Buffalo: Ensign & Thayer. 11 7/8 x 8 1/2. Original hand color. Top right corner of margin replaced. Otherwise, very good condition. $150


"Mary Ann." Hartford: E.B. & E.C. Kellogg and New York: Kelloggs & Thayer and Buffalo: D. Needham. 11 3/4 x 8 1/2. Original hand color. Very good condition. Stock number 172. $150



Historical

"Genl. George Washington. The Father of His Country." Hartford: Kellogg & Comstock, New York: George Whiting, and Buffalo: D. Needham. Ca. 12 x 9. Original hand color. Very good condition. $325


"The Death of Major Ringgold. At the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846." New York: Kellogg & Thayer, 1846. Small folio. 8 1/2 x 12 5/8. Narrow margin at top; else very good condition. Denver. $675


"The Brave Volunteer." Hartford: E.B. & E.C. Kellogg; New York: Phelps & Watson; and New York: Geo. Whiting, 1861. 12 1/2 x 9. Lithograph. Original hand color. Some scattered, tiny stains, but overall very good condition. $575


"Death of Gen. Kearney. The last Reconnoissance." Hartford: E.B. & E.C. Kellogg, and New York: F.P. Whiting, and New York: helps & Watson, ca. 1862. Small folio. 8 3/4 x 11 5/8. Lithograph. Original hand color. Some minor marginal tears and chips; expertly conserved. Overall, very good condition. $450



Views

Caldwell, Lake George
"Caldwell, (Lake George.)" New York: Kellogg & Thayer, and Hartford: E.B. & E.C. Kellogg, ca. 1846-47. 8 x 11 1/2. Small folio. Lithograph. Original hand color. Narrow margins. Good condition. $175


Niagara and Its Wonders
"Niagara Suspension Bridge." [At top: "Niagara And Its Wonders."] Hartford & New York: E.B. & E.C. Kellogg and Rochester: D.M. Dewey, 1855. 8 1/4 x 13 1/4. Lithograph. At one time folded, but expertly conserved. Trimmed at right just into neat line at top; with new margin added. Overall, very good appearance and condition. Impressions of Niagara: 273. This view of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge was issued to celebrate the opening of this "wonder." The view of the new bridge in the center is surrounded by twelve smaller views of the Falls and the Niagara region. $225



Marine

Kellogg: Merchant Ships
"Merchant Ships." Credits: "Lith of F.C. Kellogg 87 Fulton St. N. York & 73 Main St. Hartford, Conn." And "Ensign, Thayer & Co. 127 Main St. Buffalo." Lithograph. 8 1/8 x 12 1/4 (neat lines) plus full margins. Excellent condition. Finlay, 606.

An attractive and documentary ship print by the prolific Kellogg firm in Hartford. Connecticut and its neighboring New England states were producing a quantity and variety of ships in the first half of the 19th Century. The calmness among the onlookers ashore gives a studied pride in the variety of types of ships, at least six, most flying American flags. A proud piece. $425



Miscellaneous


"The Independent Gold Hunter On His Way to California." Hartford: Kellogg & Comstock and Buffalo: D. Needham, ca. 1849. 12 1/2 x 8 1/2. Original hand color. In period frame. Denver. $1,400


Kellogg: Protector Engine No. 2
"Protector Engine No. 2." Hartford: Kellogg & Comstock, ca. 1850. 8 5/8 x 11 7/8. Original hand color. Two expertly repaired tears in margins, not affecting image. Else, very good condition. $575


"The Prodigal Son Returned To His Father." Hartford: E.B. & E.C. Kellogg and New York: Kelloggs & Thayer and Buffalo: D Needham. 11 3/4 x 8 1/2. Original hand color. Title and imprint somewhat smeared (in printing) Very good condition. $165



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