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Guide to the William Merritt Chase etchings: "Keying Up--the Court Jester" (1879) and "Spanish Peasant" (circa 1881), 1879, circa 1881

Collection Overview

Repository

Kellen Design Archives

Collection Identifier

KA.0080

Creator

Chase, William Merritt, 1849-1916

Title

William Merritt Chase etchings: "Keying Up--the Court Jester" (1879) and "Spanish Peasant" (circa 1881), 1879, circa 1881

Extent

0.1 linear ft: 2 prints

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], William Merritt Chase etchings: "Keying Up--the Court Jester" (1879) and "Spanish Peasant" (circa 1881), KA.0080, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Biographical note

American Impressionist painter William Merritt Chase (1848-1916), founder of the Chase School (later, Parsons The New School for Design), was a member of the New York Etching Club, which formed in 1877 and marked a period of avid engagement with the medium on the part of American artists. Chase, however, did not prefer the medium, and only did about ten etchings, several of which were completed on commission after the artists J.F. Millet and Constantine Troyon.

Chase etched "Keying Up--the Court Jester" (1879) after his own painting of the same title, which was made in 1875 when he was a student at the Munich Royal Academy. The etching, a reverse image of the painting, was widely distributed in a bid to capitalize upon the attention drawn to Chase after his painting earned a medal of honor at the 1896 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. The painting is in the collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

"Spanish Peasant" (circa 1881) is one of three etchings Chase exhibited with the New York Etching Club.

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Source: Pisano, Ronald G., D. Frederick. Baker, and Marjorie Shelley. William Merritt Chase: the Paintings in Pastel, Monotypes, Painted Tiles and Ceramic Plates, Watercolors and Prints. Vol. I. New Haven: Yale UP, 2006. Print. The Complete Catalogue of Known and Documented Work by William Merritt Chase (1849-1916).

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Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of two etchings by William Merritt Chase:

"Keying Up--the Court Jester" (1879). 6 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches.

"Spanish Peasant" (circa 1881). 5 1/2 x 3 inches.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives - August 2, 2010

66 5th Ave./
lobby level
New York, NY, 10011
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], William Merritt Chase etchings: "Keying Up--the Court Jester" (1879) and "Spanish Peasant" (circa 1881), KA.0080, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Rona Schneider Fine Prints, 2003.

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Related Materials

The Ronald G. Pisano project records for the William Merritt Chase catalogue raisonné (KA.0010 ) in the New School Archives provide extensive documentation of Chase's work.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Etchings (prints).

Subject(s)

  • Fine arts.

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and images from the William Merritt Chase etchings: "Keying Up--the Court Jester" (1879) and "Spanish Peasant" (circa 1881), see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/KA0080.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder
Etchings 
k_4 1-2

Collection Guide Last Updated: 10/25/2016

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