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Finding aid for the Jean-François Raffaëlli papers, 1870-1929
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Material
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jean-François Raffaëlli papers
    Date (inclusive): 1870-1929
    Number: 860758
    Creator/Collector: Raffaëlli, Jean François, 1850-1924
    Physical Description: 220.0 items
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
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    Abstract: French painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor, and author of Italian descent. Raffaëlli introduced technical innovations in ink drawing colors, drypoint, and color engraving. The archive documents Raffaëlli's art (especially his innovations in printmaking), exhibits, art criticism, and his literary and socio-political writings through correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, clippings, and ephemera.
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    Language: Collection material is in French

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Jean-François Raffaëlli (1850-1924) was a French painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor and author. He introduced technical innovations in ink drawing, drypoint, and the printing of color engravings. As founder and president of the Société de la gravure originale en couleurs he promoted his own and other artists' work in this medium. He was a prolific writer in various genres, including political commentary, art criticism, humor, and travel writing. A number of his essays and drawings were published in Harper's new monthly magazine (New York) and the Studio (London), as well as in a variety of French journals. His book Les types de Paris (1889) includes texts by Edmond de Goncourt and others.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

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    Preferred Citation

    Jean-François Raffaëlli papers, 1870-1929, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 860758.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in several acquisitions, 1986, 2001, 2002.

    Processing History

    Processed and arranged by Onica Busuioceanu.

    Related Material

    Manuscripts and documents of Jean François Raffaëlli, 1878-1914, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 930076.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection comprises 220 items, including 96 letters sent (1883-1916), 17 letters received (1883-1919) and 16 manuscripts. Documents include a list of Raffaëlli's art work with titles and prices (8 pp.), and 34 documents regarding his copyright account (1920-1922) and insurance policies (1876-1920). The printed materials (49 items) include an original Raffaëlli print (1907?); 11 reproductions of his paintings and drawings (1885-1897); five portraits of Raffaëlli, including three studio photographs (1870, 1895, 1902), a clipping from a magazine (1910?), and a lithograph by A. Villette. Twenty-five clippings about his life and work include obituaries from 1924. Among the seven miscellaneous items is a commemorative banquet menu with a drypoint cover by Gaston de Latenay. The publication series contains seven items, including auction and exhibition catalogs.

    Arrangement note

    The papers are arranged in 5 series: Series I. Correspondence, 1883-1919; Series II. Manuscripts, 1886-1918; Series III. Personal documents, 1876-1922; Series IV. Printed materials, 1870-1929; Series V. Publications, 1895-1929

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Ajalbert, Jean, 1863-1947
    Child, Theodore, 1846-1892
    Clemenceau, Georges, 1841-1929
    Clément-Janin, 1862-1947?
    Geffroy, Gustave, 1855-1926
    Goncourt, Edmond de, 1822-1896
    Hennique, Léon, 1851-1935
    Huysmans, J.-K. (Joris-Karl), 1848-1907
    Marcke, Emile van, 1827-1890
    Monet, Claude, 1840-1926
    Montesquiou-Fézensac, Robert, comte de, 1855-1921
    Montorgueil, Georges, 1857-1933
    Mourey, Gabriel, 1865-1943
    Petit, Georges, art dealer
    Raffaëlli, Jean François, 1850-1924
    Richepin, Jean, 1849-1926

    Subjects - Topics

    Artists as authors--France
    Artists' illustrated books--France
    Engraving, French--19th century
    Engraving, French--20th century

    Subjects - Titles

    Harper's new monthly magazine L'accident de M. Hébert Le Grand journal Les petites marchandes des rues Les types de Paris Studio (London, England)

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Drypoints--France--19th century
    Drypoints--France--20th century
    Engravings--France--19th century
    Engravings--France--20th century
    Essays--France--19th century
    Essays--France--20th century
    Etchings--France--19th century
    Etchings--France--20th century
    Manuscripts--France--19th century
    Manuscripts--France--20th century
    Prints--France--19th century
    Prints--France--20th century


    Abbey, Edwin Austin, 1852-1911
    Clemenceau, Georges, 1841-1929
    Geffroy, Gustave, 1855-1926
    Goncourt, Edmond de, 1822-1896
    Gréville, Henry, 1842-1902
    Huysmans, J.-K. (Joris-Karl), 1848-1907
    Latenay, Gaston de, b. 1859
    Monet, Claude, 1840-1926
    Montesquiou-Fézensac, Robert, comte de, 1855-1921
    Richepin, Jean, 1849-1926
    Villette, Adolphe Léon, 1857-1927