Patriotic Genre Print
Bufford, John H., 1810-1870. The Volunteer. '76 and '63. Boston: Bufford's Print Publishing House, 1863.
This lithograph depicting a girl dressed up as a soldier flanked by two boys is a charming genre print. It links the American Revolution with the Civil War through the use of children to make the political point that the Civil War is in a continuum of the American search for equality first witnessed by the Revolution. The print, unhappily, is not signed by any draftsman or attributed to an artist.
Gift of Frank James N. Heald 2nd
- Georgia B. Barnhill, Andrew B. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts
"One day I am visited by a collector of ordination sermons; the next, by
a collector of 4th of July orations; then comes a collector of geography;
another wants religious newspapers; another wants every book printed in
New York before 1700. I accommodate myself to all; for I want every thing
and collect every thing, and I have more zeal than the whole of them: and
in this way I am kept very busy."
~Christopher Columbus Baldwin
3rd Librarian of AAS