Description After brief training at the School of Fine Arts (École des Beaux-Arts) in Paris, Rajon found success as a print maker. In 1886 he visited New York City, where an exhibition of his etchings had been arranged. It was during this trip that he made several portraits from life of William T. Walters, and at least one of William’s son, Henry, shown here. Test areas, where the artist tried out his materials, can be seen in the upper right-hand corner. As the hardness of the crayon and the texture of the paper, which is handmade, would be variable, tests were prudent and needed. Around the same time this drawing was made, Félix Bracquemond made an etching of it. An example of this print, previously in the collection of George A. Lucas, can be found at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
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- Splendor in Books. Grolier Club, New York; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1977-1978.
- A Baltimorean in Paris: George A. Lucas, 1860-1909. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979.
- The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
- Training the Eye: 19th-Century Drawing. 2017.
Provenance Possibly commissioned by William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1886; possibly inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894. Warren Delano IV , New York; given to Walters Art Museum, 1977.  Nephew of the sitter.
Inscriptions [Signature] Rajon 1886; [Inscription] On reverse: Rajons drawing from Life HW
Credit Gift of Warren Delano IV, 1977
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