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  Stephen James Ferris   (1835-1915)

 
  PORTRAIT OF WILLIAM SPOHN BAKER, 1882. Signed and dated in the plate, on chine collé. Signed and dedicated in pencil: "S. R. Koehler from W. S. Baker. Nov. 1882." Verso: the Koehler blue ink collector's stamp. Koehler was the first curator of prints at the Smithsonian and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the "patron saint" of the American Etching Revival.

Stephen James Ferris and Elizabeth Moran were the parents of Jean Leon Gerome Ferris. Stephen, unlike most of the Morans, was a painter and etcher of portraits rather than landscapes. Baker was a leading critic and collector in Philadelphia, and author of several books on prints (two signed and dedicated books by Baker are also available for sale; please inquire).
 

 
  Etching, 10 x 7 1/2 inches. $250.
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