Christian Strenge

Johann Christian Strenge (October 24, 1757 – 1825) was an American fraktur artist.

The lonely son of Johann Henrich Strenge and his wife, Maria Catharina Romer, Strenge was a original of the village of Altenhasungen [de] in Hesse. He became one of many Hessians who served the British crown in the American Revolution, Strenge enlisted in 1776 and, under the command of Johann Rall, arrived in New York in August of that year. Taken prisoner in the aftermath of the Battle of Trenton, he was later released to the British. By the mature his military unit had been discharged in 1783, he had deserted. He distress to Hempfield in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; he married and had a daughter, but both wife and child died. With his second wife he would have five children. The relations moved in the 1790s to East Petersburg, Pennsylvania, where he began a teaching career; he taught at least one term in Chester County as well. He worked as a scrivener as well, and in 1811 was named justice of the peace.

Although he himself had been baptized in the Reformed Church, Stenge was a schoolmaster for the Mennonite community, which informed the style of his fraktur; he produced writing samples, family records, Bible entries, bookplates, and a variety of presentation pieces. From Christian Alsdorff he researcher the tradition of making books of musical notation. He moreover made baptismal history for Lutheran and Reformed neighbors. His presentation pieces incorporate symbols such as nature and hearts, as well as sayings. Strenge as a consequence produced complex adore letters designed for young men to come going on with the maintenance for to young person women; also permanent is an image of the Crucifixion. His paintings are distinguished by their color scheme, incorporating skilled oranges and reds.
One of Strenge's love letters is held by the American Folk Art Museum. Three pieces are in the addition of the Winterthur Museum.

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