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Young Ladies Seminary at Salem N.C.

Grunewald, Gustavus ||Duval, Peter S. __Publisher
Place Made:
Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States of America
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ink on paper
(Frame) LOA 18 5/8; WOA 22 3/4
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A view from Salem Square looking towards the Single Sisters House of Salem. The Single Sisters established an school for young women in 1772. That school developed into the “Young Ladies Seminary” seen here. Founded to educate the young women of Salem, it would grow into one of most important female educational institutions in the antebellum South, educating young women of many faiths. Today it exists as Salem College and Academy.

Interestingly, Grunewald chose to show a dense copse of trees in the northeast corner of Salem Square that screens both the Church and Gemainhaus from view.

ARTIST: Gustavus Grunewald was a Moravian artist. Born in central Europe, he trained in Dresden under the important German landscape artist Caspar David Friederick. In 1833 he was accepted into the Moravian Community at Bethlehem where he taught at the Moravian Seminary for Young Ladies.

DESCRIPTION: Lithograph entitled “Young Ladies Seminary/ at Salem, NC.” Lithographer P.S. Duval of Philadelphia. Drawn from Nature & on Stone by Gustavus Grunewald.” Featuring a grassy field in the foreground, flanked by a barrier of tress and shrubs, followed by the seminary building. The building has twenty windows on the front (that can be seen), and a single door with arched hood.

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