William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) [RA 1877-1916] : Copy after portrait of a Burgomaster, 1882.


SAL record control number: 100175 ;

Record level: Item ;

Record type: Movable work ;


Work title: Copy after portrait of a Burgomaster  [from curator] ;

Alternate work titles:
2021 : Copy after portrait of a Burgomaster  [from curator] ;
2021 : Copy after Burgomaster oil painting  [from collection database] ;

Work date: 1882  [from front of work] ;

Work creator: William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) [RA 1877-1916] ;

Work medium: Print after wood engraving, ink on paper ;
Work dimensions: 9 x 5-3/4 inches [unframed] | 13-3/8 x 10-3/8 x 7/8 inches [framed] ;

Inscribed / signed front: 

Location: At middle left and middle right.
Dated?: Yes.
Text: ‘Chase’ and ‘1882’.


Marking type: Stripped paper backing.
Location: Over back of work.
Text: ‘[bold red and black stripes].

Marking type: Photo of work in a private residence [likely Louis Dexter Liskin (1915-2003) home].
Location: At center middle verso backing paper.
Text: ‘[image of work in situ] with brick background’.

Marking type: White acid-free paper label with cotton string.
Location: Hanging from two screw eyes with wire.
Text: ‘07.860 / 5.CL.A’.

SAL category: Works on paper ;
SAL sub-category: Portrait ;

Archives of American Art subjects:
Art — American
Art ― Private collections ― New York (State)
Art ― Private collections ― New York (State) ― Salmagundi
Figure male
Occupation — Mayor
Portrait — Three-quarter length

Description of work:

William Merritt Chase was an Impressionist painter and educator. He started the Chase School which would become the Parsons School of Design in New York City.

From the book, The life and art of William Merritt Chase, this is said about the print, “At Christmas, 1882, the Tile Club artists illustrated a sort of supplement to the Harper publications called Harper’s Christmas. Chase, who never permitted himself to be forced into illustration, made a charcoal drawing of a burgomaster for reproduction in this publication, which is still in the possession of one of the Harper family. In the strength and crispness of its technic it furnishes a striking contrast to the same illustration of that period…Although an artistic success the publication was not a financial one.”

Later in the book, it refers to Chase receiving a silver medal by the burgomaster, Paul Vlissingen of Haarlem, for his print after the Dutch work, inscribed: “Remembrance of the visit of William Chase, USA., and his class to the Franz Hals Museum in Holland.”

Engraving after William Merritt Chase charcoal drawing shown at the 1882 black and white exhibition (#485). Was published in the Harper’s Christmas issue illustrated by members of the Tile Club. Harper’s wood engraving.


ca.1960s SCNY, gift of Louis Dexter Liskin (1915-2003) [RP 1964-2003], accession #2007.860 ;
ca.1960s Private collection of Louis Dexter Liskin (1915-2003) [RP 1964-2003], Bergen, NJ ;
1882 William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) [RA 1877-1916], the artist .

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

References / citations:
– Collection database, accession #2007.860.
– 1989 collection list, accession #G-561.
Harper’s Christmas issue of the Tile Club.
– 1882 SCNY black and white exhibition (#485).



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Last updated: October 18, 2021 at 13:49 pm