Portrait of William Baker

Stephen Ferris etched the portrait of distinguished Philadelphian William Spohn Baker in 1882. Baker (1824–1897), a critic and author, wrote several books, including American Engravers and Their Works and The Origin and Antiquity of Engraving. An antiquarian who specialized in George Washington, he collected medals, biographies, and engraved portraits of the first president, and wrote about these subjects. Baker was an active member of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, serving as a vice president from 1892 and also as a director of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
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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 10.5 cm; 4 15/16 in x 4 1/8 in
plate: 25 cm x 19 cm; 9 13/16 in x 7 1/2 in
support: 35 cm x 29 cm; 13 3/4 in x 11 7/16 in
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catalog number
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Ferris Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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