Penn Library Department of Special Collections

William Penn

Keffer Collection of Sheet Music,
ca. 1790-1895

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Philadelphia Lithographers: Wagner & McGuigan (Thomas S. Wagner (d. 1863) and James McGuigan (b. ca. 1815))

Thomas S. Wagner worked for Peter S. Duval until around 1844 when he joined E. J. Pinkerton and James McGuigan in the firm of Pinkerton, Wagner & McGuigan. It was one of the first firms to print in color and won a silver medal for polychromatic lithograph y using five colors at the Franklin Institute's exhibition in 1844 . Pinkerton resigned in 1845 and the firm continued as Wagner & McGuigan. The firm soon had one of the largest operations in the city competing directly with firms run by Peter S. Duval an d Thomas S. Sinclair.

Wagner & McGuigan owned their own building, the Athenian Building, at Franklin Place. The building was severly damaged by a fire in December 1850 but the owners were able to rebuild. Unfortunately, the firm lost everything in a second fire in November 185 7. Once again Wagner and McGuigan rebuilt, but the partnership dissolved soon after. Thomas S. Wagner died in 1863.

Illustrations by Wagner & McGuigan in the Collection

Item No.TitleImprintPlate No.IllustrationThumbnail Image
Box 13
no. 23
Jasper Guards' March / composed and dedicated to the officers & members of the Jasper Guards of Charleston, S.C. by a Lady of South Carolina Charleston : Geo. Oates, 1848 None Soldier in uniform with a harbor in the background / lith. of Wagner & McGuigan Jasper Guards
Box 25
no. 18
Jeannie Gray : a ballad / words by J. M. Church ; music by Charles Mueller Philadelphia : Edward L. Walker, 1849 None Color: portrait of a young woman standing in a marsh / J. Queen del. ; Wagner & McGuigan Lith. Jeannie Gray
Box 29
no. 18
Lovely Nancy, or The Bold Privateer : as sung by Mrs. Barney Williams Philadelphia : Winner & Shuster, 1853 None Portrait of woman playing a box organ / Winner Lith. Co. ; Wagner & McGuigan Lith. Lovely Nancy
Box 36
no. 45
Spring Flower Polka / composed and respectfully dedicated to the Young Ladies of St, Mary's Hall, Burlington, N.J. by Geo. W. Hewitt Philadelphia : Couenhoven, Scull & Co., 1852 81-4 Color: an angel and a vine of flowers / Wagner & McGuigan's Lith. Steam Press Spring Flower
Box 23
no. 55
Village Polka Quadrilles / composed and arranged for the piano forte and respectfully dedicated to John W. Gaul by Septimus Winner. 2nd ed. Philadelphia : S. Winner, 1850 None Color: young man and woman dancing. A village is in the background and a stream is in the foreground / Winner Delk. ; printed by Wagner & McGuigan Village Polka


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