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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Decorative Arts ➔ Print, Hand-colored Lithograph, In Memory of Eliza Thompson Who Died As A Baby In 1835

An unframed hand colored lithograph published by Kellogg and Thayer of Buffalo New York. The lithograph was one of many styles published by the firm in black and white. Once printed in black‐and‐white, the lithographs were dried and sized then sent to the coloring room where an assembly line of 25 to 30 young women applied watercolors. The firm of Kellogg and Thayer was short-lived (1846-1847).

This example is a memorial certificate, often sold by traveling salesmen and purchased by the public. As in this instance, a portion of the image was left blank, and served as a place for purchasers to fill in details of the person's life or other pertinent information. This lithograph portrays weeping willow trees and a burial monument. Printed in the blank space on the monument is: TO THE MEMORY OF...and handwritten in ink is: Eliza A. Thompson and also a poem that reads: Snatched like a flower/From earth away/To reign with christ (sic)/Through endless day.

Museum records note that Eliza Ann Thompson died as a baby in 1835, and was born February 22, 1935.
circa 1847
Paper and Ink, The print is mounted on a stretcher -like support.
10" h 14 1/8" w
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Gift Of Sessions, Ethel
Needham, D.

L. Ethel Sessions

James A. Straub
James A. Straub was a Collections department volunteer and Collection Committee Member at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, offering his services as an art historian. Among his many life accomplishments were his family, and serving in the United States Marine Corps, including a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam. His list of achievements include 27 years as Detective Lieutenant from the Kent County Sheriff's Department, Original Catalogue Director of the Mathias Alten Catalogue Raisonne, and providing significant contributions to the book, Mathias Alten: Journey of an American Painter.

Jim was honored to have been appointed by Gov. Milliken to the Board of Forensic Polygraph Examiners and by the GR mayor to the GR Historical Commission. Additionally, Jim served as President of the Command Officers Bargaining Unit at the Kent County Sheriff's Department and Vice President of the GR Historical Society. Along with his dedicated service to GRPM Jim was also a member of the Board of Kent County Employees Credit Union, the Kent County Pension Board, the Art Advisory Committee for Butterworth Hospital, the Acquisitions Committee at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the GVSU Gordon Gallery Advisory Committee.

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