Christopher Columbus Dying

Sixteen-year-old Gerome Ferris etched this print in 1879 after his own painting of the dying Christopher Columbus, 1506 Last Days of C. Columbus at Vallodolid. The current location of the painting is unknown, but the choice of topic anticipates Gerome’s future as a history painter, focusing on American narrative subjects.
After death, Christopher Columbus’s journeys were not over. His remains traveled from Vallodolid to Seville and in 1542 were taken to the island of Hispaniola, now Haiti and the Dominican Republic, colonized by Columbus after 1492. After a move to Havana, Cuba, they returned to Seville cathedral in 1898 where they are today.
The etching was printed on chine-collé, a very thin sheet of paper that accepts the image in passing through the press with a heavier sheet of backing paper to which is it glued during the printing.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
graphic artist
Ferris, Jean Leon Gerome
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 14.5 cm x 11 cm; 5 11/16 in x 4 5/16 in
overall: 15 cm x 13.5 cm; 5 7/8 in x 5 5/16 in
support: 28 cm x 21.5 cm; 11 in x 8 7/16 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

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