Henry Marquand

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Anders Zorn (1860-1920), Henry Marquand, etching, 1893, signed in pencil lower right [also with initials and date in the plate]. References: Delteil 81, Asplund 81, Hjert/Hjert 58, only state. From the edition of about 35. In very good condition, with margins (a small hole in right margin away from platemark, slight toning), on a thin fine laid paper with the watermark M, 11 x 7 3/4, the sheet 12 5/8 x 9 1/8 inches, archival mounting.

A fine strong impression printed in black ink.

Henry G. Marquand (1819-1902) was an eminent American businessman and philanthropist.  He began his career in the family jewelry business, then went on to invest in real estate, banking, and railroads. In the early 1880’s he withdrew from business and focused on the arts, eventually becoming the second president of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and donating items across a wide range of categories (some of which, e.g., porcelains and paintings, are shown alongside of this portrait of him).

Zorn’s lithograph of Marquand was recently on exhibit at the Met as part of its Age of Rembrandt exhibit.

Zorn specialized in portraits of the famous and rich, and his depiction of Marquand is surely one of his most dramatic and effective.  He apparently created the etching on his first visit to the US, in 1893.