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A. J. Rosenfeld etchings collection

Identifier: GRA 0102

Scope and Contents

The A. J. Rosenfeld etchings collection comprises twelve etchings by six late nineteenth and early twentieth century American and European etchers. The artists represented include Felix Buhot, Kerr Eby, James McBey, Charles Meryon, James Whistler, and Anders Zorn. The etchings were gathered into this collection at some time in the past, most likely by the collection's donor A. J. Rosenfeld of Camden, New Jersey.

The prints are in generally good condition, although some have minor staining and residual hinge marks. Many of the etchings were signed by the artist, while others are not. Additional information about the individual prints, including descriptions of the subject matter, notes on paper type and etching process, approximate size, and edition number (if indicated) can be found in the detailed contents list below.


  • Creation: 1853-1931


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library,

A. J. Rosenfeld

Mr. A. J. Rosenfeld lived at 721 Market Street, Camden, New Jersey. During the middle of the twentieth century, Rosenfeld made several small donations of graphic materials to the University of Delaware Library.

One such collection comprising twelve etchings by six nineteenth and twentieth century American and European etchers was received by Director of Libraries John M. Dawson in May of 1960. Most, if not all, of Rosenfeld's gifts to the library during this period were coordinated by Mabel Zahn of the Philadelphia-based rare books and prints firm of Charles Sessler, Inc.


Information derived from correspondence files.

Felix Buhot

Felix Buhot (1847-1898) was born and educated in Valognes, Normandy. He moved to Paris to study painting and drawing at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. His early artistic works included designing music score covers. In the 1870s he turned to etching reproductions of paintings for magazines and book illustrations. At the same time, he produced etchings of his own drawings, often scenes of France and, later, England. He frequently printed on old or unusual paper to add interest to his images. By the 1880s he turned away from printmaking, focusing almost entirely on painting, although he continued to exhibit his prints. During the last ten years of his life, he suffered from depression and virtually abandoned his artistic career.


Jay Mckean Fisher & Colles Baxter, Felix Buhot: Peintre-Graveur, Prints, Drawings, and Paintings. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 1983.

Kerr Eby

Kerr Eby (1889-1946) was born in Japan, the son of American missionaries. His only formal art training was a year at the Pratt Institute. As a young man, he worked at the American Lithographing Company and as a surveyor in Canada. Returning to New York, he began to produce etchings, primarily of rural landscapes. His service in France during World War I inspired his best work: black and white etchings showing unromanticized images of soldiers and troop movements against a bleak landscape. Later in his career, he produced many landscape prints of scenes from the United States, Europe, and North Africa.

James McBey

James McBey (1883-1959) was born in the fishing village of Newburgh, Scotland. He worked at a bank while teaching himself the techniques of etching. His early subjects were primarily the landscapes and seascapes of his home. Greatly influenced by the engravings of Rembrandt, he traveled to Holland and later to the Middle East, capturing images of his travels in his etchings.


Malcolm C. Salaman, The Etchings of James McBey. London: Halton & Truscott Smith, 1929.

Charles Meryon

Charles Meryon (1821-1868) was born in Paris. He entered the Navy in 1837, and in the next ten years traveled to Greece, North Africa, South America, and the South Pacific. He studied art, particularly watercolor painting and etching, leaving the Navy in 1838 to work full-time as an artist. In 1858, he was admitted to a mental hospital, apparently suffering from depression and hallucinations. Emotional problems would continue to plague him until his death from exhaustion and starvation in 1868. Meryon is best known for his images of the architecture of Paris, which have an atmospheric, often brooding quality.


Richard S. Schneiderman, The Catalogue Raisonne of the Prints of Charles Meryon. London: Garton & Co., 1990.

James McNeill Whistler

James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, but spent his career as a painter, printmaker, designer, and collector in England and France. As his style developed from the realism of Courbet and Manet, he became, in the 1860s, one of the leading members of the Aesthetic Movement and a leading proponent of Japonesme. He acted as an important link between the avant-garde artistic worlds of Europe and the United States. He was one of the great masters of etching, strongly influenced by Dutch art, and was one of the inspirations of the etching revival of the late nineteenth century.


Dictionary of Art. Macmillan, 1996.

Anders Zorn

Anders Zorn (1860-1920), born in Mora, Sweden, was a painter, etcher, and sculptor. After early artistic training at the Kuigliga Akademi in Sweden, he traveled to London to try to establish an international career as a watercolorist. In 1887, he abandoned watercolor for oil painting, settling in Paris, gaining recognition for his portraits and nudes. His style was adapted from Impressionists including Manet and Renoir, from salon artists such as Sargent, and from the Old Masters. He started etching in England in 1882 with a technique much inspired by Rembrandt.


12 item ; plate marks 37 x 35 cm or smaller

Metadata Rights Declarations


The A. J. Rosenfeld etchings collection comprises twelve etchings by six late nineteenth and early twentieth century American and European etchers.


The etchings are arranged alphabetically by artist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of A. J. Rosenfeld, 1960

Shelving Summary

Shelved in SPEC GRA manuscript boxes (1 inch)

Removals: Shelved in SPEC GRA oversize boxes (20 inches)

Processing Information

Processed by Iris Snyder, 1996. Revised and encoded by Lora J. Davis, August 2009.

Genre / Form


Finding aid for A. J. Rosenfeld etchings collection
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2009 August 17
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Delaware Library Special Collections Repository

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