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Guide to the
Jacques Reich Portrait Prints
1890–1923, undated
 PR 102

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by New-York Historical Society staff (circa 2000); updated and migrated to Archives Space by Joseph Ditta (2020)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 16, 2020
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Reich, Jacques, 1852-1923
Title: Jacques Reich portrait prints
Dates [inclusive]: 1890–1923, undated
Abstract: Portraits of major American and European artists, writers, capitalists, politicians, and historical figures executed by Jacques Reich (1852–1923), a Hungarian-born artist who moved to the United States in 1873. In addition to privately commissioned portraits, Reich executed some 2,000 illustrations for Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography, and created most of those in Scribner's  Cyclopedia of Painters and Paintings.
Quantity: 115 item(s) in 9 folders.
Call Phrase: PR 102

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Biographical note

Jacques Reich (1852–1923) was a Hungarian-born portrait etcher who immigrated to the United States in 1873. He trained for several years at the National Academy of Design in New York and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia before traveling to Paris in 1879 to study under the painters William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Joseph Nicolas Robert-Fleury. He returned to Philadelphia in 1880, and in 1885 moved to New York, where he established a studio. In addition to pen and ink drawings for magazines and other publications, Reich created some 2,000 portraits for Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography, and most of the portraits for Scribner's  Cyclopedia of Painters and Paintings. He later specialized in etchings on copper, and in this medium published portraits of notable authors, poets, artists, and famous Americans, as well as private commissions for Whitelaw Reid, H. H. Rogers, E. H. Harriman, Charles B. Alexander, John W. Mackay, Nelson W. Aldrich. After his marriage to Caroline Bellinger in 1892, Reich resided in New Dorp, Staten Island. He died there on July 8, 1923.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains portraits etched by Jacques Reich during the period 1890–1923 of major American and European artists, writers, capitalists, politicians, and historical figures. These include United States presidents George Washington, James Madison, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Warren G. Harding. Writers and artists pictured include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, James McNeill Whistler, and John Greenleaf Whittier. Other portraits include Nelson Aldrich, John Jacob Astor, William Cullen Bryant, Andrew Carnegie, Adna Chaffee, Henry Clay, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Paul Jones, Robert E. Lee, John Marshall, J. P. Morgan, William Penn, Frank Stockton, and Daniel Webster. Several prints have notations or documentation identifying the photographs or paintings from which they were engraved.

Arrangement

Prints are sorted physically by size in 9 folders, 5 small and 4 large. The container list provides alphabetical access by sitter.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Aldrich, Nelson W. (Nelson Wilmarth), 1841-1915 -- Portraits
  • Astor, John Jacob, 1864-1912 -- Portraits
  • Bryant, William Cullen, 1794-1878 -- Portraits
  • Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919 -- Portraits
  • Chaffee, Adna Romanza, 1842-1914 -- Portraits
  • Clay, Henry, 1849-1884 -- Portraits
  • Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908 -- Portraits
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 -- Portraits
  • Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 -- Portraits
  • Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885 -- Portraits
  • Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804 -- Portraits
  • Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923 -- Portraits
  • Irving, Washington, 1783-1859 -- Portraits
  • Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845 -- Portraits
  • Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870 -- Portraits
  • Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Portraits
  • Madison, James, 1751-1836 -- Portraits
  • Marshall, John, 1755-1835 -- Portraits
  • McKinley, William, 1843-1901 -- Portraits
  • Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913 -- Portraits
  • Penn, William, 1644-1718 -- Portraits
  • Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 -- Portraits
  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 -- Portraits
  • Stockton, Frank R., 1834-1902 -- Portraits
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896 -- Portraits
  • Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930 -- Portraits
  • Washington, George, 1732-1799 -- Portraits
  • Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852 -- Portraits
  • Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903 -- Portraits
  • Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1882 -- Portraits
  • Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924 -- Portraits

Document Type

  • Artists' proofs
  • Etchings (prints)
  • Portraits.
  • Prints (visual works).
  • Remarque proofs
  • Self-portraits

Subject Topics

  • Artists
  • Etchers
  • Portraitists.
  • Printmakers
  • Authors -- Portraits
  • Legislators -- United States -- Portraits
  • Presidents -- United States -- Portraits

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at printroom@nyhistory.org.

Use Restrictions

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 20 exposures of stable, unbound material per day. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit: https://www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions

Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: Jacques Reich Portrait Prints, PR 102, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials

The New-York Historical Society's Manuscript Collection holds a series of letters received, with a few replies, of Jacques Reich, dated 1887–1923. Most letters relate to his etchings done for publication and for private commissions, and to the pen and ink portraits he executed for Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography and Scribner's  Cyclopedia of Painters and Paintings. Among Reich's correspondents are Grover Cleveland, Frederick Dent Grant, Daniel Huntington, Robert Todd Lincoln, and James Russell Lowell. Call phrase: J. Reich Papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Oswald D. Reich, 1973, 1974, 1975. New-York Historical Society staff assigned the following numbers to the items in each accession: 1–93 (1973), 94–106 (1974), and 107–115 (1975).

Processing Information

The collection was inventoried most likely in the early 21st century. Archivist Joseph Ditta updated and migrated its anonymous WORD-document finding aid to ArchivesSpace in June 2020.

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Container List

Portraits by Jacques Reich, 1890–1923, undated

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: Large-1 Aldrich, Nelson, Senator
1917
Folder: Small-1 Alexander the Great
1902
Folder: Large-1 Alexander, Charles Beatty (5 prints)
1917
Folder: Large-1 Andrews, Charles
1898
Folder: Small-1 Astor, John Jacob, Colonel (2 prints)
undated
Folder: Large-1 Beekman, Gerard
1920
Folder: Small-1 Brady, Anthony M.
1907
Folder: Large-1 Bryant, William Cullen
1899
Folder: Large-1 Carnegie, Andrew
1906
Folder: Large-1 Carter, Walter S.
1897
Folder: Small-1 Catherine the Great (2 prints)
1902, undated
Folder: Small-1 Chaffee, Adna, General (2 prints)
1914, undated
Folder: Small-1 Charles V (2 prints)
1902, undated
Folder: Large-1 Choate, Joseph
1896
Folder: Small-2 Clark (2 prints)
1911, undated
Folder: Large-2 Clay, Henry
1896
Folder: Large-2 Cleveland, Grover
1906
Folder: Small-2 Cook, Charles
undated
Folder: Small-2 Crandall, F. W.
1904
Folder: Large-2 Curtis, George William
1907
Folder: Small-2 Dickens, Charles
1890
Folder: Large-2 Douglas, John, Dr.
1918
Folder: Small-2 Dwight, M. E., Rev.
1907
Folder: Small-2 Emerson, Ralph Waldo (2 prints)
1899, 1921
Folder: Large-2 Franklin, Benjamin
1903
Folder: Small-2 Garrison, Lloyd McKim
undated
Folder: Large-2 Grant, Ulysses S.
1908
Folder: Large-2 Hamilton, Alexander
1903
Folder: Large-2 Hanna, Mark, Senator
1904
Folder: Large-2 Harding, Warren G.
1922
Folder: Large-2 Henry, Patrick
1916
Folder: Large-2 Hubbard, General
1917
Folder: Small-2 Irving, Washington
1902
Folder: Large-2 Jackson, Andrew
1908
Folder: Small-2 Jefferson, Joseph
undated
Folder: Large-2 Jones, John Paul
1905
Folder: Small-5 Kane, Elisha Kent
1900
Folder: Small-3 King, Charles, General (2 prints)
1914, undated
Folder: Small-2 Kock, Paul de
1902
Folder: Large-3 Kossuth, Louis
1894
Folder: Large-3 Lee, Robert E.
1913
Folder: Small-3 Lincoln, Abraham
1907
Folder: Large-3 Lincoln and his Lieutenants
1911
Folder: Large-3 Liscum, E. H., Col.
1902
Folder: Large-3 Lowell, James Russell
1899
Folder: Small-3 Luther, Martin (2 prints)
1902, undated
Folder: Large-3 Mackay, John
1912
Folder: Large-3 Madison, James
1911
Folder: Large-3 Marshall, John
1909
Folder: Large-3 McKinley, William (2 prints)
1902, 1905
Folder: Small-3 Meredith, George
1909
Folder: Small-3 Morgan, J. Pierpont (small)
1905
Folder: Large-3 Morgan, J. Pierpont (large)
1904
Folder: Small-3 Napoleon (2 prints)
1902, undated
Folder: Small-3 Palmer, Potter
1903
Folder: Large-4 Penfield, Frederick C., Ambassador
1923
Folder: Small-3 Penn, William
1902
Folder: Large-4 Perkins, George W.
1921
Folder: Large-4 Perkins, Simon III
1914
Folder: Large-4 Poe, Edgar Allan
1919
Folder: Small-3 Reich, Jacques
undated
Folder: Small-3 Richelieu, Cardinal
undated
Folder: Large-4 Rogers, H. H.
1910
Folder: Small-3 Roosa, Daniel Bennett St. John
1908
Folder: Small-3 Roosevelt, Theodore (small)
undated
Folder: Large-4 Roosevelt, Theodore (large)
1919
Folder: Small-3 Ropes, John C.
1908
Folder: Large-4 Russell, Lord
1897
Folder: Large-4 Schmidlapp, Jacob G.
1920
Folder: Large-4 Severance, Louis
1915
Folder: Small-4 Stanton, John C.
1908
Folder: Large-4 Sterling, John W.
1918
Folder: Large-4 Stevens, Mrs.
undated
Folder: Large-4 Stevenson, Robert Louis
1909
Folder: Small-4 Stockton, Frank
1903
Folder: Large-4 Stowe, Harriet Beecher
1898
Folder: Large-4 Taft, William Howard
1910
Folder: Large-4 Tennyson, Alfred
1899
Folder: Large-4 Thackeray, William Makepeace
1907
Folder: Small-4 Tileston, Thomas (2 prints)
undated
Folder: Small-4 Tracy, D. W. D.
1913
Folder: Large-4 Van Brunt, Charles H., Chief Justice
1897
Folder: Small-4 Vespucci, Amerigo
1902
Folder: Small-4 Vreeland, H. H.
1906
Folder: Large-4 Wagner, Richard
1911
Folder: Large-4 Washington, George
1902
Folder: Large-4 Webster, Daniel
1904
Folder: Small-4 Wellington, Duke of [Arthur Wellesley]
1902
Folder: Large-4 Whistler, James McNeill
1916
Folder: Small-5 White, Andrew D.
1918
Folder: Large-4 Whittier, John Greenleaf (2 prints)
1899
Folder: Small-4 Wilkie bookplate
1896
Folder: Small-4 Wilson, Woodrow (small; 2 prints)
1914
Folder: Large-4 Wilson, Woodrow (large; 2 prints)
1917
Folder: Small-4 Unidentified
undated
Folder: Small-5 "Etched Portraits of Famous Americans and of Poets, Authors & Musicians"

Scope and Contents

Reich's self-published catalog.

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