Portrait of Samson Levy, Jr.

Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin1802

The Jewish Museum, New York

The Jewish Museum, New York

Saint-Mémin lived in the United States from 1793-1814, during which time he made hundreds of portraits, including those of prominent American Jews like Hyman Marks, Henry Alexander, Solomon Moses and Abraham Hart. He was the first artist in America to use the recent French invention called a physionotrace, a mechanical drawing aid facilitating the tracing of a sitter's profile. The artist then reduced the life-size tracing to make a set of twelve small engravings.

Samson Levy Jr. (1761-1831) was a lawyer and one of the incorporators of the Pennsylvania academy of Fine Arts. His mother, Mrs. Samson Levy Sr. (1731-1807), was the wife of a successful Philadelphia merchant.

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  • Title: Portrait of Samson Levy, Jr.
  • Creator: Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin
  • Date Created: 1802
  • Location: Philadelphia, United States, North and Central America
  • Physical Dimensions: 19 × 15 in. (48.3 × 38.1 cm)
  • Provenance: the sitter. his descendent Mrs. Robert Hale Bancroft, Boston, MA. Mark Bortman, Newton, MA (by 1967); his daughter, Jane Bortman Larus (until 1993)
  • Type: Works on Paper
  • Rights: https://thejewishmuseum.org/about-this-site#terms-conditions
  • External Link: View this object at thejewishmuseum.org
  • Medium: Black crayon and white chalk on paper