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Object Name Engraving
Title Maternal Affection
Catalog Number 1977.19.35
Creator Smillie, James
Date 1858
Material(s) Paper/Ink
Dimensions H-5.125 W-6 inches
Description This oval-shaped engraving is titled "Maternal Affection," and it depicts a deer and two fawns in a small clearing in the woods with mountains in the background. The fawn on the right is eating from a bus, and the other laying on the ground with the doe appearing to be cleaning its head. Thick trees and a forest is depicted in the in the background along with mountains with a stream flowing down the center background. In the lower left, the original artist's name is signed into the plate: A. F. Tait to S. P. Avery 1858. There is a tab attached the lower center of the oval engraving that has the title, "Maternal Affection," printed in large capitalized letters as well as small letters with printing information located directly below the engraving. This information reads, "Act of Congress in the year 1858 by Swormstedt & Poe in the Clerk's office of the S[…]"
Notes Samuel Kaighn, was born in Virginia on June 16, 1833, and is likely the original owner of this object. He served as a surgeon during the Civil War.
Collection Mrs. Ellsworth L. Kaighn Collection
People Kaighn, Samuel
Smillie, James
Tait, A.F.
Subjects Engraving
Animal babies
Animal feeding
Search Terms Engravers
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS