Zorn was a Swedish painter and print maker in etching, born of peasant parents. He studied at Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm, Sweden from 1875-1880; then moved to London, where he learned the art of etching. In 1889 he moved to Paris. He became an international success as one of the most acclaimed portrait painter of his era receiving several medals for his work. Almost all of the Swedish royal family was painted by him. Other sitters included three American Presidents, one of whom was Grover Cleveland in 1899.
This dry point was purchased by my great grandfather in 1920 from Frederick Keppel & Co., Inc. (New York) of which I have the original receipt. It is signed by Zorn on the lower right side, and dated 1909. It is a very formal looking Miss Oxenstierna, whose family is one of the oldest still living Swedish noble clans. Their lineage can be traced with certainty from the end of the 13th century. On the top right hand side of this piece is a symbol, which perhaps is the Coat of Arms for the Oxenstierna family. It is framed in the standard black frame, prominent from the time period purchased. I have not inspected it outside of the frame, but all appearances are it's in good condition. The plate size is 9 ¾" x 7".
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