First Love Letter

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
print
Object Type
Etching
Date made
1879
original artist
Knaus, Ludwig
graphic artist
Piton, Camille
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
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
GA*14885
catalog number
14885
accession number
94830
subject
Family & Social Life
Art
Communications
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
Related Publication
Wright, David G.. American Reproductive and Replica Etchings

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