New York Photo-Gravure Company, 1885-1896 : Portrait of Jonathan Scott Hartley (1845-1912) sculpting, 1889.


SAL record control number: 100156 ;

Record level: Item ;

Record type: Movable work ;


Work title: Portrait of Jonathan Scott Hartley (1845-1912) sculpting  [from curator] ;

Alternate work titles:
2021 : Portrait of Jonathan Scott Hartley (1845-1912) sculpting [from curator] ;
2021 : Jonathan Scott Hartley (1845-1912) sculpting  [from collection database] ;

Work date: 1889 ;

Work creator: New York Photo-Gravure Company, 1885-1896 ;

Work medium: Photogravure, photograph on paper ;
Work dimensions: 10-1/8 x 7-1/2 inches [unframed] | 16-5/8 x 13-1/2 x 7/8 inches [framed] ;

Inscribed / signed front:
Location: At lower right.
Dated?: No.
Text: ‘J S Hartley / Photogravure Co. N. Y.’


Marking type: Paper label.
Location: Verso.
Text: ’89 photogravure on paper’.

Marking type: Exhibition label.
Location: Upper left verso.
Text: ‘J. Scott Hartley / photogravure on paper, 10 1/8 x 7 1/2 / Unidentified Photographer / 89’.

Marking type: Black in stamp.
Location: Top and bottom center verso paper backing.

Marking type: Black felt tip marker.
Location: At lower right verso paper backing.
Text: ‘06.639’.

Marking type: Black felt tip handwriting.
Location: Center back verso backing board.
Text: ‘J. Scott Hartley, N.A. / Salmagundi Club [underline] / Admitted as Artist Member 1871 / Founding Father / Life Member / Died – 1912 / Photo Found in Library Files 1976’.

Marking type: White acid-free paper label with cotton string.
Location: Hung from two eye screws with wire.
Text: ‘06.639’.

SAL category: Photography
SAL sub-category: Photogravure ;

Archives of American Art subjects:
Art — American
Art ― Private collections ― New York (State)
Art ― Private collections ― New York (State) ― Salmagundi
Figure male
Figure male — Full length
Occupation — Artist
Portrait — Full length
Portrait — Profession — Artist
Portrait — Notable person
Portrait — Notable person — Jonathan Scott Hartley (1845-1912)

Description of work:

Born in Albany, New York, American sculptor Jonathan Scott Hartley was one of the main founders of the Salmagundi. He began his career working as a tombstone carver. After training in New York, London, Germany and Paris, Hartley settled in New York City where he married the daughter of American Hudson River School painter George Inness. Unfortunately, Rosa Inness died a year after the couple married. Hartley, who stayed close to the Inness family would marry Rosa’s sister, Helen, about nine years later.

This photogravure by the New York Photo-Gravure Company, used a printing process that combines half-tone screens, photo-sensitive gel and metal plate printing. The company which was at 137 West 23rd Street was the luxury photo printer of its day.


ca.1889 SCNY, gift of the artist [likely], accession #2006.639 ;
1889 Jonathan Scott Hartley (1845-1912) ;
1889 New York Photo-Gravure Company, 1885-1896 .

Exhibition history:
2021 SCNY 1880-something : Victorian art at its height August 1 – September 30.

References / citations:
– Collection database, accession #2006.639.
– 1989 collection list, accession #SC-89.

– Photograph found in library files in 1976.
– M.L. #SCNY 89 also used to designate 07.921.


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Last updated: October 18, 2021 at 13:47 pm