S. J. Ferris Self-portrait

The Philadelphia Society of Etchers commissioned this self-portrait of Stephen James Ferris in 1880. Ferris was a founding member of the society, which formed the same year, three years after the founding of New York Etching Club, the first in the United States. Ferris had seen the etching process demonstrated in 1860 by John Sartain, an engraver. In 1875 Ferris produced one of his earliest etchings to be commercially published in the United States, a portrait of Mariano Fortuny (1838–1874).
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Object Name
Date made
graphic artist
Ferris, Stephen James
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 12.5 cm x 9.5 cm; 4 15/16 in x 3 3/4 in
plate: 13.5 cm x 10 cm; 5 5/16 in x 3 15/16 in
sheet: 29 cm x 20.5 cm; 11 7/16 in x 8 1/16 in
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Ferris Collection
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Ferris Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Ferris Collection

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