Le corbeau

Collection History

Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) was a New York-based art dealer and collector. In 1900, he donated his collection of prints to The New York Public Library in order to establish a Department of Prints, the first public print collection in New York City. This collection of nearly 18,000 prints, representing 978 artists, is especially rich in holdings of French printmakers, but also includes works by English, American, Spanish, German, Dutch and Belgian artists. At Avery's request, many of the artists inscribed their prints, which frequently appear in multiple, including rare or unique, impressions.

Related Resources

The New York Public Library. A Handbook of the S.P. Avery Collection of Prints and Art Books in the New York Public Library (1901)

NYPL "The Samuel Putnam Avery Collection" <http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/36/node/29594>

Collection Data

Avery, Samuel Putnam, 1822-1904 (Collector)
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 (Author)
Mallarmé, Stéphane, 1842-1898 (Translator)
Manet, Édouard, 1832-1883 (Illustrator)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1875
Place: Paris
Publisher: Richard Lesclide
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection
Shelf locator: MEM++ M275pc (Poe, E. A. Corbeau; the raven)
Ownership: Gift of Samuel Putnam Avery, 1900.
Content: Holdings checked in departmental copy of Etienne Moreau-Nelaton, Manet graveur et lithographe and Jean C. Harris, Edouard Manet: graphic works a definitive catalogue raisonne.
Content: Researchers have debated over the medium, with some asserting it may possibly be gillotage, a metal relief process.
Content: The print MN90. Le corbeau (ex-libris), catalogued with RLIN NYPG97-F557 , was intended to be included with the 1875 edition of The Raven. MN90 is inscribed by Manet and Mallarme to Arthur O'Shaughnessy; a note by S.P. Avery indicates that he purchased it
Statement of responsibility: poëme par Edgar Poe. Traduction française de Stéphane Mallarmé, avec illustrations par Édouard Manet.
Physical Description
Extent: 12 pages of text, 11 prints (transfer lithographs) ; 54 x 35.5 (sheet) cm. or smaller.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 12277124
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14012965
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 21b0c370-c6b9-012f-961b-58d385a7bc34
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