First Love Letter

Camille Piton made this etching to illustrate a catalog for an auction of works from the collection of J. C. Runkle, which was held in New York on March 8, 1883. Samuel P. Avery, art dealer and himself a collector, organized the sale and the catalog. The New York Times judged Piton’s effort as “handsomely etched.” Ludwig Knaus (1829–1910), the original artist of First Love Letter, was a German painter of sentimental genre scenes which were very popular in his day. Originally titled in German, his painting was known by its English title because it had been purchased by an American.
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Object Name
Object Type
Date made
original artist
Knaus, Ludwig
graphic artist
Piton, Camille
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 15.5 cm x 10 cm; 6 1/8 in x 3 15/16 in
plate: 16.5 cm x 12.5 cm; 6 1/2 in x 4 15/16 in
sheet: 30 cm x 22.5 cm; 11 13/16 in x 8 7/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Family & Social Life
Ferris Collection
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Ferris Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Wright, David G.. American Reproductive and Replica Etchings

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