Department of Special Collections
William Penn Keffer Collection of Sheet Music,
ca. 1790-1895

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Philadelphia Lithographers: Thomas S. Sinclair (ca. 1805-1881)

Thomas S. Sinclair was born around 1805 in the Orkney Islands. He studied lithography in Edinburgh, Scotland and other cities in Europe. By 1833 Sinclair was in Philadelphia where he drew a dancing scene for the firm of Kennedy & Lucas before the company went out of business that same year. Sinclair acquired the press of John Collins in 1838 and started his own firm at 79 South Third Street.

Thomas S. Sinclair was among the first Philadelphia lithographers to experiment with color lithography. He made his first tinted lithograph in 1843 and his skill advanced enough in the following years that he won a silver medal for color lithography at the Franklin Institute's exhibition in 1848. Sinclair moved his operation to a building owned by the Public Ledger at101 Chestnut Street (now 311) in 1849. From 1854 to 1859 Sinclair was joined in the firm of Thomas Sinclair & Co. by his brother, William B. Sinclair. Later Sinclair's son would work with his father and the firm's name was changed to Thomas Sinclair & Son. Thomas S. Sinclair died in Philadelphia in 1881.

There are approximately eighty items in the collection for which Thomas S. Sinclair's firms did the illustrations. Many of these items are listed elsewhere in this site under the names of the individual artists who provided the art work for Sinclair.

Illustrations by Thomas S. Sinclair in the Collection
Item No.TitleImprintPlate No.IllustrationImage
Box 28
no. 22
The Chick Waltz / by E. Mack Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, 1867 9591.3 Color: Five chicks / T. Sinclair's Lith. Chick Waltz
Box 28
no. 23
The Child's Prayer : air with brilliant variations / composed for the piano by E. Mack Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, 1865 9199.7 Child in prayer kneeling on a bed / T. Sinclair's Lith. Child's Prayer
Box 14
no. 10
Col. Ellsworth's Funeral March / composed and respectfully dedicated to Francis E. Brownell Esq. by Sep. Winner Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, 1861 Plate no.: 8265.4 Color: portrait of Col. Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth / T. Sinclair's Lith. Ellsworth
Box 14
no. 12
Col. Hyatt's Military Polka : respectfully dedicated to the cadets of the Penna. Military Academy, West Chester, Pa. / by Jno. R. Sweeney [i.e. Sweney] Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, 1864 9016.6 Color: Cadets in formation before an academy building / T. Sinclair's Lith. Military Polka
Box 35
no. 9
Constantinople : quadrille / par Charles D'Albert Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, between 1852 and 1856 5264 6 Color: Constantinople harbor from a hillside / A. Frey, del. ; printed in tints by T. Sinclair Constantinople
Box 25
no. 7
Dolly Varden / words by Frank W. Green ; music by Alfred Lee Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, between 1872 and 1875 131819.4 Color: Portrait of a young woman in a Dolly Varden dress / T. Sinclair & Son Lith. Dolly Varden
Box 41
no. 11
Dolly Varden Grand March [or Dolly Varden Quadrille] / E. Mack Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, 1872 13181.4 Color: Five women in period dress dancing a quadrille. Above them is a portrait of Dolly Varden / T. Sinclair & Son Lith. Dolly Varden
Box 40
no. 7
Erin Go Bragh : quadrille on Moore's melodies / by Charles D'Albert Philadelphia : Lee & Walker,1856 9550.13 Color: Irish dock at sunset / T. Sinclair's Lith. Erin go bragh
Box 40
no. 9
The First Ride : caprice / composed & arranged for the piano forte by Addison P. Wyman Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, 1867 9726 6 Color: two girls giving a pony ride to a younger, third girl / T. Sinclair's Lith. First Ride
Box 41
no. 21
General Buell's Grand Quick Step / [composed by E. Mack] Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, 1862 8641.4 Portrait of General Don Carlos Buell / T. Sinclair's Lith. Gen. Buell
Box 15
no. 20
General Grant's Grand March / composed by E. Mack Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, 1862 None Portrait of Ulysses S. Grant / [probably by T. Sinclair's Lith.] Grant
Box 15
no. 44
General Grant's Grand March / composed by E. Mack Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, 1864 8769.3 Portrait of Ulysses S. Grant / T. Sinclair's Lith. Grant
Box 14
no. 26
General McClellan's Grand March : respectfully dedicated to Major General McClellan / composed by E. Mack Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, 1861 8279.3 Color: Portrait of General George B. McClellan / T. Sinclair's Lith. McClellan
Box 14
no. 27
General McClellan's Grand March : respectfully dedicated to Major General McClellan / composed by E. Mack Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, 1861 8279.4 Color: Portrait of General George B. McClellan with horse / T. Sinclair's Lith. McClellan
Box 40
no. 11
Gideon's Band : song & chorus : sung with immense applause in the musical extravaganza of Mazeppa at Mrs. John Drew's Arch St. Theatre, also by the Buckleys' Serenaders / music arranged by Chas. R. Dodworth Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, 1861 None Color (oblong): costumed characters of Gideon's Band / T. Sinclair's Lith. Gideon's Band
Box 29
no. 22
The Moon O'er the Hills is Beaming : a serenade / written and composed by William Lardner Philadelphia : J. G. Osbourn, 1841 None A moonlit lake / J. T. F. ; Wm. Lardner del. ; Sinclair's Lith. Moon o'er the hills
Box 30
no. 48
Music Hath Charms, or Sarah Jane and the Drum / written and composed by G. Hunt Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, between 1872 and 1875 12147.4 A Woman hitting a man on his head with a drum mallet. The room is scattered with debris of musical instruments and music (all by "Chas. Coote") and the man's left leg is inside the drum / T. Sinclair's Lith. Charms
Box 14
no. 43
Ninth New Jersey Regiment Grand March / composed by Roland May Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, 1862 8931.4 Color: state seal of New Jersey, set on a blue flag with two small, oval-framed scenes: one of Roanoke Harbor, Feb. 8, 1862 and the other of the Battle of New Bern, N. C., March 14, 1862 / Evans & Hassall ; T. Sinclair's Lith. 9th NJ Regiment
Box 29
no. 28
Oh! Woo Me Not from My Cottage Home / words by Amanda M. Douglass ; music by J. C. Beckel
Series: Beckel's American Ballads, no. 1
Philadelphia : J. C. Andrews, 1851 None A naval officer saying farewell to a woman on shore / Sinclair's Lith. Woo Me Not
Box 14
no. 50
Polka Mazurka Militaire : to his friend Fritz Tiedemann / R. Wittig Philadelphia : W. R. Smith, 1863 None Color: four small scenes depicting contents of the four works in the collection: Forward March, Polka Mazurka Militaire, Doctor's Call Polka, Young Recruits Gallop. There is an eagle at the top and musical instruments and a score set between the two lower scenes / T. Sinclair's Lith. Mazurka Militaire
Box 28
no. 38
Wild Flowers : a la valse / E. Mack Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, 1871 12158.4 Little girl picking wildflowers in a field / T. Sinclair's Lith. Wild Flowers
Box 36
no. 54
The Winter Night's Polka : op. 66 / by Gaston de Lille Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, between 1856 and 1871 None Nocturnal scene of a house in winter / H. Whatley ; Thomas Sinclair's Lith. Winter Night

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