Portrait of Abigail Dean

Description
In 1875 on a visit to Rock Island, Illinois, Stephen Ferris sketched his niece Abigail (or Abbie) in pencil. Abbie was one of five siblings in the family of Ferris’s sister, Althea Ferris Dean. Abbie continued to live in Rock Island, remained single, and taught school. In one census, she was listed as a drawing teacher. Ferris himself taught for many years at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art and Design).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
drawing
date made
1875-08-05
1875
original artist
Ferris, Stephen James
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
graphite (overall material)
Measurements
image: 10 cm x 8 cm; 3 15/16 in x 3 1/8 in
sheet: 18 cm x 12 cm; 7 1/16 in x 4 3/4 in
support: 26 cm x 17 cm; 10 1/4 in x 6 11/16 in
ID Number
GA*16684
catalog number
GA*16684
accession number
119,780
subject
Art
Communications
Portraits
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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