Jean Leon Gerome Ferris papers, [ca.1850-] 1979

Ferris, Jean Leon Gerome, b. 1863 d. 1930
Painter
Active in Philadelphia, Pa.

Collection size: ca. 1000 items (on 3 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: REEL 2669: Biographical information; notes; correspondence; other correspondence and legal documents regarding the acquisition by the Smithsonian Institution of Ferris's collection of historical paintings and other art objects; lists of paintings and painting labels; sketches; and printed source material for his paintings.

REEL 2670: Source material for paintings, including printed and photographic reproductions and circa 130 cartes-de-visites primarily of Civil War figures, among them Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln, Willam Seward and many others; a series of reproductions of paintings comprising "A Pageant of Nations"; and a manuscript of "Liber Patriae Nostrae," containing pen and ink drawings and text, and reproductions of his paintings, 1926.

REEL 3002: A photograph of Ferris, ca. 1920, at work at his easel; source material for his paintings; and reproductions of his paintings.

UNMICROfILMED: Two oil paintings by Stephen James Ferris of J. L.G. Ferris and his wife.

Biographical/Historical Note: Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863-1930) was a painter of Philadelphia, Pa. Ferris studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and in Paris at the Académie Julian and with Jean Léon Gérôme. He signed some works as G. Ferris. In 1900, he began a series of paintings on American history.

Transferred from the National Museum of American History in 1982.

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