Portrait of Samuel P. Avery

Samuel Putnam Avery (1818–1904), a New York-based art dealer and print collector, made annual buying excursions to Europe from 1867 to 1882 to look for decorative arts and paintings, some of which he commissioned directly from the artists. He also searched for prints to add to his own collection, seeking not just the original etchings valued today but also reproductive works by artists like Flameng, Jacquemart, and Rajon. French prints made up the core of his collection, almost 18,000 of which are now in the New York Public Library. Léopold Flameng etched this portrait of Avery in 1876 after a painting by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta. The Avery family gave the painting to the Metropolitan Museum in 1904. Madrazo (1841–1920) was a fashionable portrait and genre painter, resident in New York and Paris, who was promoted by Avery.
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Object Name
Date made
original artist
Madrazo y Garreta, Raimundo de
graphic artist
Flameng, Léopold
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 19.7 cm x 15.7 cm; 7 3/4 in x 6 3/16 in
plate: 28.3 cm x 19.6 cm; 11 1/8 in x 7 11/16 in
sheet: 32.5 cm x 23.6 cm; 12 25/32 in x 9 9/32 in
place drawn
place print made
ID Number
catalog number
accession 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

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