|Object ID #||1980.7.1|
|Creator||Gross, Jacob W., 1807-1900 (attributed)|
|Place of Origin||Bedminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania|
|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).|
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|
Bishop, Jacob F., 1815-1890
Gross, Jacob W., 1807-1900