Ferris's Daughter May

Stephen James Ferris etched an undated portrait of his daughter, May, in the costume of a bull fighter, and dedicated this impression to her. May Electa Ferris was born in 1871, eight years after her brother, Jean Leon Gerome Ferris. Like her father and brother, she was an artist. She learned to etch from her father and became known as an etcher and landscape painter, exhibiting in the 1880s and 1890s. Her paintings were reproduced as calendar artwork into the 1920s under her married name, May Ferris Smith.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
c. 1890
graphic artist
Ferris, Stephen James
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 17.5 cm x 11 cm; 6 7/8 in x 4 5/16 in
plate: 20 cm x 16 cm; 7 7/8 in x 6 5/16 in
sheet: 43.5 cm x 30 cm; 17 1/8 in x 11 13/16 in
place presumably made
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

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