Barbizon School Artists

Stephen James Ferris etched this group portrait The Barbizon School: Seven French Artists as a frontispiece for the auction catalog of works from the J. C. Runkle collection, sold in New York in March 1883. Artists of the Barbizon School, named after a rural village in France near which many of them worked outdoors, specialized in realistic landscapes and animal paintings. Samuel P. Avery had arranged the sale and the catalog, which was illustrated with fifteen etchings by four American etchers. This print marks the first time that an auction catalog contained an original etching, as opposed to the usual reproductive etchings. The New York Times gave a favorable review of Ferris’s print.
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Object Name
Date made
Avery, Samuel Putnam
graphic artist
Ferris, Stephen James
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 17.5 cm x 9.5 cm; 6 7/8 in x 3 3/4 in
plate: 20 cm x 13.5 cm; 7 7/8 in x 5 5/16 in
sheet: 40.5 cm x 30.5 cm; 15 15/16 in x 12 in
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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