Family register
On View In:
Gallery 332
Artist:   William Murray  
Title:   Family register  
Date:   February 6, 1813  
Medium:   Ink, pencil and pigments on paper  
Dimensions:   15 11/16 x 12 13/16 in. (39.85 x 32.54 cm) (sight) 17 5/16 x 14 3/8 x 1 in. (43.97 x 36.51 x 2.54 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Robert MacGregor Shaw and Virginia Conger Buffington Shaw  
Location:   Gallery 332  

New York artist William Murray made numerous family registers, particularly for British-American families. Here Murry documents the family of Daniel Contryman, born in 1785. The style is an interesting hybrid of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) fraktur or "broken" writing style and traditional New England family registers. A fabulous example of American folk art, the register remained in the family until it was gifted to the MIA in 2008.

Name:   Murray, William  
Life Dates:   American, 1756 - 1828  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature and Date at bottom of sheet, in black, red and yellow: [Drawn BY/ WILLIAM MURRAY FEBRUARY 6th 1813]  
Classification:   Drawings  
Physical Description:   large heart at center with "Daniel Countryman" printed in black and red; roundel with portrait of a young man wearing a black hat at top center; ten small hearts to L and R of large heart; chased flowers, swags and decorative arcs at bottom: "Drawn BY/ WILLIAM MURRAY February 6th 1813"; handwritten text in different hands throughout, front and back  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , New York,  
Accession #:   2008.43  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts