Portrait of William Baker

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
print
Date made
1882
graphic artist
Ferris, Stephen James
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
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
ID Number
GA*14536.16
catalog number
14536.16
accession number
94830
subject
Art
Communications
Portraits
Ferris Collection
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Ferris Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.