The flowers are standing here (Die Blumen stehen hier)
- Martin Godshall (1797-1870) - Decorator
- Martin Godshall (1797-1870) - Scrivener
Note: Based on artist's location
33 cm x 24 cm
Wove paper; watercolor; ink
Godshall, Martin; Gottschall
Die Blumen stehen heer \ Gepflanzet auf Papier, Gott \ wolle selbst sie mahlen, Beygies \ sen und bestrelen, das Herz sey \ seine Erd. Und iedes \ Blümlein werd zur \ wahrheit kraft und \ wesen. In allen \ die sie lessen \ 1835
M. Godshall 1835
The flowers are standing here planted on paper; God himself wanted to draw, water and illuminate them; the heart shall be his soil. And every little flower shall turn into truth, power and knowledge, in all those who are reading them. 1835.
M. Godshall 1835
“Martin Gottschall” in Russell D. and Corinne P. Earnest, Papers for Birth Dayes: Guide to the Fraktur Artists and Scriveners (East Berlin, Pa.: Russell D. Earnest Associates, 1997), 2nd ed., vol. 1, pp. 325-326.
Mary Jane Lederach Hershey, This Teaching I Present: Fraktur from the Skippack and Salford Mennonite Meetinghouse Schools, 1747-1836 (Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2003), pp. 146-153.
Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text is within a heart in the center of the document. From it protrudes a face, as well as leafy flowers. Two large birds are perched on its top. Two female figures are in the lower corners. A variety of ornaments, with a small face, is between them. Additional ornaments, also with faces are in the two upper corners. The entire document is framed by a border.
The faint initials J.D.S. in the bottom left corner were made by John Derstine Souder (1865-1942), a Mennonite historian and fraktur researcher.
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