An Etching Society Outing

This light-hearted etching by Stephen Ferris, the Philadelphia Society of Etchers Outing in 1900, recalls the sixth such event held by the Society on the Neshaminy River near Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Etching, eating, and games were the outing’s major activities.
Ferris was a founding member of the Society, organized in 1880, and its first treasurer. Initially, it was an important source for information in the Philadelphia area about the newly revived technique of etching. The group met monthly during the summer for more than twenty years, offering occasions for its members to exchange prints.
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Object Name
Date made
graphic artist
Ferris, Stephen James
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 18 cm x 12.5 cm; 7 1/16 in x 4 15/16 in
sheet: 27.5 cm x 20 cm; 10 13/16 in x 7 7/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Ferris Collection
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Ferris Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
maker referenced
William C. Patterson. The Philadelphia Society of Etchers

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