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Object Name Bookplate
Object ID # 1980.7.1
Creator Gross, Jacob W., 1807-1900 (attributed)
Place of Origin Bedminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Date 1835 ca
Material Wove paper, watercolor, ink
Dimensions H-6.5 W-4.25 inches
Description In the front of an 1834 edition of the Mennonite hymnbook Kleine Geistliche Harfe der Kinder Zions (Northampton: A. & W. Blumer).
Provenance Attributed to Jacob W. Gross (1807-1900), Mennonite schoolmaster of Bedminster Township, Bucks County, known sometimes as the "Swirl Artist".

Made for Jacob F. Bishop (1815-1890), son of Jacob & Anna Fretz Bishop of Bedminster Township. In 1841 Jacob married Elizabeth A. Detweiler (Bishop) (1825-1913), and they are buried in the Blooming Glen Mennonite Cemetery. It is not known how the book came to the donor, but possibly through Jacob & Elizabeth's youngest daughter, Amanda, who married Blooming Glen minister I. Frank Swartz and had no children. The donor was a member of their congregation.

A manuscript tunebook was made by the same artist for Jacob's sister Rachel and dated 1835. It is in a private collection, but is pictured in Amsler, Bucks County Fraktur (Doylestown, PA: Bucks County Historical Society, 2001), p. 313.
Source Gift of Jacob Y. Fretz
People Bishop, Jacob F., 1815-1890
Gross, Jacob W., 1807-1900
Collection Fraktur