Portrait of a Mexican Girl

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
original artist
Ferris, Stephen James
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
graphite (part material)
watercolor (part material)
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
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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