Portrait of a Mexican Girl

Description
In 1881 Stephen Ferris and his son, Gerome, sailed to Spain aboard the S. S.Washington to visit places associated with Spanish painter Mariano Fortuny. During the journey, Stephen Ferris, a portrait artist by profession, claimed he had sketched everyone on board. Although many of these drawings had been pronounced “excellent,” he discarded all but this one in pencil of Srta. Delores Arrojo de Mexico, “a Mexican Indian girl, a real picturesque subject which I intend to paint sometime with fruit and flowers and a good size in oil then etch it.” We do not know whether Ferris ever etched or painted her.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
drawing
date made
1881-05-16
1881
original artist
Ferris, Stephen James
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
graphite (part material)
watercolor (part material)
Measurements
image: 15 cm x 10.5 cm; 5 7/8 in x 4 1/8 in
sheet: 18 cm x 12.5 cm; 7 1/16 in x 4 15/16 in
place made
Gibraltar: Gibraltar
ID Number
GA*16685
catalog number
GA*16685
accession number
119,780
subject
Technology
Portraits
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Art
Ferris Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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