Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

Research Interests

My current research centers on reproductive art, particularly in the United States. Since the mid-nineteenth century, mass production (and thus lower prices) has made it possible for a large number of people to have art, or at least reproductions of art, in their homes. In analyzing these works I try to understand why an image or type of art, especially those that became most popular, appealed to contemporary viewers. After publishing several articles about chromolithographs, I am now writing about the cast plaster sculptures of John Rogers and about the work of Thomas Kinkade.

Courses Taught

The 20th Century
American Art
History of Printmaking
Intoduction to Western Art
Methodology

  • Taking the Oath and Drawing Rations

  • After John Rogers, Taking the Oath and Drawing Rations, 1865. Wood engraving after a cast plaster sculpture. Published in Harper's Weekly, July 21, 1866.

  • The Barefoot Boy

  • After Eastman Johnson, The Barefoot Boy, 1867. Chromolithograph, 13 x 10 in. Printed by L. Prang & Co.