Portrait of a Moor

The 1876 Centennial Exposition brought people and exhibits from around the world to Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. Stephen Ferris, a resident of the city, visited the site on August 7 and recorded in pencil the face of this man, whom he called Maure [Moor]. The man may have been one of the workers associated with an exhibit from Tunisia or Morocco. Ferris was very interested in North African subject matter at this time, due to his fondness for the works of Mariano Fortuny.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
original artist
Ferris, Stephen James
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
graphite (overall material)
image: 8.5 cm x 8.5 cm; 3 3/8 in x 3 3/8 in
sheet: 15 cm x 11 cm; 5 7/8 in x 4 5/16 in
carrier: 28.5 cm x 22 cm; 11 1/4 in x 8 11/16 in
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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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