Samuel Putnam Avery II (1822-1904)


Samuel Putnam Avery II (1822-1904)
American copper and wood engraver, art dealer, collector, art adviser & philanthropist ;
Sam Avery II ; Sam Putnam Avery II ; S.P. Avery ; S. P. Avery ; S. Putnam Avery ;
[Born March 17, 1822 in New York, NY – died August 11, 1904 in New York, NY]


FAD record control number: 44819 ;

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Record type: Artist ;


Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) biography:

Birth: March 17, 1822 in New York, NY ;
Death: August 11, 1904 in New York, NY ;
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: White ; 
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Known for: Wood engraving ; cooper engraving ; art collecting ; art dealing ; art adviser ;
Medium: Ink & paper ; wood ; cooper ;
Technique: Engraving ;

Areas: New York, NY ;
Region: North East ;
Lived: New York, NY ;
Father: Samuel Putnam Avery I (1797-1832) ;
Mother: Hannah Anne (Rouse) Avery (1804-1888) ;
Relatives: Hannah Stanton (Avery) Cornell (1824-1885), sister ;
Spouse: Mary Ann (Ogden) Avery (1825-1911), wife ; Benjamin Park Avery (1828-1875), brother ;
Children: Henry Ogden Avery (1852-1890), son, also an architect ; Samuel Putnam Avery, Jr. (III) (1847-1920), son, also an art dealer & collector ; Mary Henrietta Avery (1845-1900), daughter ;

Work: Worked for many publishers as an engraver before becoming an art dealer in 1865 ; Paris Exposition Universelle [Universal Exposition], American art department commissioner (1867) ; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, founding member & trustee ; Avery Architectural Library, Columbia University, New York, NY, founded in memory of his son Ogden ; Donated private collection of nearly 18,000 prints to New York Public Library ;


Exhibited with: National Academy of Design, New York, NY ;




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Last updated: February 25, 2019 at 15:02 pm

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