Virgin Mary and Jesus Print ~ Die Mutter Christi ~128 ~ Publishers Brothers Charles & Nicolaus Benziger in Einsiedeln Switzerland 1835-1853
Beautiful picture of the Virgin Mary and Jesus, the colors are amazingly bright for the age of the print. Surround the print is gold geometric design that gives it a rich look. Under the picture in German is Verlag von Gebr. Chrl & Nicolaus, 128 and Bensiger Einsieden. The rich walnut frame completes this piece perfectly.
This firm traces its origin to 1792, when Joseph Charles Benziger (1762-1841) started a small business in religious articles at Einsiedeln, Switzerland. Disturbances due to the French Revolution forced him to flee with his family. His fortune gone, he returned in 1800 and started in business as a bookseller. He was succeeded by his two sons, Charles and Nicholas, in 1833. In 1833 Charles and Nicnolas Benziger succeeded their father under the firm name of "Charles and Nicholas Benziger Brothers", and two years later in addition to their book publishing business, they began the lithographing of religious pictures, as well as the coloring of them by hand, before the introduction of chromolithography . Charles and Nicholas had a large share in establishing the spirit of the business. More about the Benziger family can be read in a PDF at “Study on religious book publishers of United States - IDEALS @ Illinois”
Measures: 11 3/8" W X 15 1/8" L x 1" D
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