Imagining the Shakers
by Robert P. Emlen
In the half century between 1830 and 1880 the visual culture of America’s oldest, largest, and most distinctive communal religious society was portrayed in scores of printed images published in the popular illustrated press. In this complement to his 1987 book Shaker Village Views , Robert P. Emlen identifies and explicates every known engraving or lithograph that pictured the Shakers in the years of their greatest prosperity and before photography became popular in Shaker communities. Many of these images are reproduced here for the first time.
Couper Press, Shaker Studies, no. 15.
338 pages, full color illustrations, 2019.