Survey of Zorn's Works in America

by William and Willow Hagans

The survey of Anders Zorn’s works in American collections was conducted in 1992-1993. Any updated information from collections already surveyed is welcomed, as is information from collections we have not contacted. The extent of Zorn holdings in the United States is a testament to the artist’s impact on American art between 1893 and 1911, the time-span of his seven trips to the United States. There were also a number of Zorn exhibitions in America, particularly of his etchings, from 1911 through the 1930s. Zorn painted, etched, or sketched over 100 Americans.

We would like to thank the many people who took time to respond to our survey. We regret, due to space limitations, that detailed information concerning etchings in collections is not included. Museum websites have been provided if particular information is required. You may also contact our website for detailed information about etchings in collections. One-hundred-forty-five letters were sent to American museums and libraries, and we had responses from one-hundred-thirty-seven. Ninety-eight institutions responded that they had Zorns in their collections, while thirty-nine had none.

The list is sorted alphabetically by institution.


Akron Art Museum
Akron, Ohio

Four etchings

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Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Buffalo, New York

Nine etchings

Allen Memorial Art Museum
Oberlin, Ohio

Two etchings

Allentown Art Museum
Allentown, Pennsylvania

Three etchings

American Swedish Historical Museum,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ninety-four etchings as of 2005.

The museum had an exhibition of Zorn etchings in 2005. The museum owns the plate of one of Zorn's most renown etchings, that of Madame Simon (1891, A. 67), donated by Dr. Samuel Booth Sturgis in 1945. The portrait, done while Zorn was living in Paris (1888-1896), shows the strong influence of Rembrandt. To commemorate a visit to the museum by Prince Bertil (1912-1997) in 1963, nineteen etchings of Madame Simon (A. 67) were printed on rag paper by a Philadelphia printer.
The new prints bear the watermark “Tullis,” indicating, along with the type of paper, that these were from a new edition. They were presented to the Prince and his entourage, which resulted in a brouhaha in Sweden.
The director of Sweden's National Museum, Gunnar Jungmarkrer, called the decision to print the etchings “improper and unwholesome.” Americans called the controversy a “tempest in a teapot” and pointed out that an unsigned edition from the fourth state of the portrait was published by the German publication Pan in 1895, with 1,100 copies on laid paper and 224 copies on japon paper.
The 1895 prints from Pan was approved by the artist. Eighteen of Zorn's etchings were printed in art journals from the original plates with the artist's approval. Most of Zorn's copper plates used to print his etchings were defaced, and according to Asplund, the plate for Madame Simon had been destroyed. Rather than defacing the plate, Zorn had given it to a Philadelphia publisher for a planned book, which was never published.

University of Arizona Museum of Art
Tucson, Arizona

Four etchings

Augustana College
Rock Island, Illinois

Portrait of Dr. Anders Olof Bersell, ca. 1879, graphite and conté crayon on paper, signed, 16.4 x 11.4 cm.; study for the painting and etching Zorn and His Model, 1897, graphite and charcoal on paper, 24.7 x 17.7 cm.; Portrait of Miss Deering, undated, graphite on paper, signed, 37.6 x 28.3 cm.
The Augustana collection has forty Zorn etchings. The Bersell drawing was a gift of Mrs. Uma Bersell, Professor Bersell’s wife. Anders Bersell (1853-1903) was a childhood friend of Zorn’s in Mora, Sweden, and the artist wrote of their friendship in his autobiographical notes. Zorn met Bersell while in America for the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 and visited him on a later trip.
After emigrating in 1880, Bersell was professor of Greek at Augustana College. Zorn and His Model and Miss Deering are from the Charles Deering collection (collectors stamp on verso of both works). Miss Deering is either Marion (Mrs. Chauncey McCormick) or Barbara (Mrs. Richard Ely Danielson) Deering, the daughters of Charles and Marion Deering of Evanston, Illinois.


Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore, Maryland

Four etchings. One additional etching is on extended loan.

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David Winton Bell Gallery Art Center, Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

Twenty three etchings

Biltmore Estate, Asheville
North Carolina

The Waltz, 1891, oil on canvas, signed, 195 x 133.5 cm. Zorn made an etched version of The Waltz, 1891, A. 54, one of his most prized prints.

Birmingham Museum of Art
Birmingham, Alabama

Hugo Reisinger, 1897, oil on canvas, signed, 135.6 x 100.3 cm., on loan from the National Gallery of Art as of 1992. The museum also has three Zorn etchings and was the site of a large exhibition of the artist’s work in 1986.

Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois

Two etchings as of 2006

Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, Massachusetts

Martha Dana (later Mrs. William R. Mercer), 1899, oil on canvas, signed, 68.5 x 50.9 cm., no. 28.513; George Peabody Gardner, 1899, oil on canvas, signed, 182.9 x 106.7 cm., no. 59.66. The Museum of Fine Arts has 163 Zorn etchings as of 2006.

The Brooklyn Museum of Art
New York City

Sixteen etchings. A watercolor portrait (1882) of Axel Haig (1835-1921), who taught Zorn the fundamentals of etching, was deaccessioned in 1949.


Carnegie Museum of Art
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Andrew Carnegie, 1911, oil on canvas, signed, 127 x 101.6 cm., no. 12.1. The museum has six Zorn etchings.

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Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Mrs. Potter Palmer, 1893, oil on canvas, signed, 258 x 141.2 cm., no. 1922.450; Mrs. Maria Sheldon Scammon, 1895, oil on canvas, signed, 81.3 x 65.5 cm., no. 1902.39; Nude Girl at Doorway Coming Down Stairs, ca. 1900, oil on canvas, signed, 51 x 34 cm., no. 1945.176; Charles Deeding, 1901, oil on canvas, signed, 76.2 x 63.5 cm., no. 1951.316.
The museum has a collection of 482 Zorn etchings, with an additional six on loan as of 2006.
It is by far the largest collection of Zorn etchings outside of Sweden. In November 1965 the Art Institute held an exhibition of Zorn’s paintings and etchings from the collection in honor of the visit of Sweden's Prince Bertil (1912-1997). A similar exhibition was held in April 1976 in honor of the visit to Chicago of King Carl XVI Gustav (b. 1946).

Chrysler Museum
Norfolk, Virginia

Two etchings

Cincinnati Art Museum
Cincinnati, Ohio

Thirty five etchings

Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, Ohio

Skerikulla, undated, watercolor, signed, 35.5 x 24 cm., no. 38.64; Portrait of Ada Lymon, described as a woman in a large hat, 1887, signed in pencil, b. r., “Zorn Eastwood 87,” and on verso, “Done in ½ hour at Eastwood, Sept. 1887,” 24.1 x 20.4 cm, no. 40.741. The museum has forty-seven Zorn etchings.

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia
South Carolina

Three etchings

Columbus Museum of Art
Columbus, Ohio

Four etchings

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
New York City

Eight etchings

Corcoran Museum of Art
Washington, D.C.

Five etchings. Two different portraits of David Jayne Hill, one dated 1910 (painted in Stockholm), and the other dated 1911 (painted in Berlin), were deaccessioned in 1979.


Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, Texas

Six etchings

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Dayton Art Institution
Dayton, Ohio

Two etchings

Delaware Art Museum
Wilmington, Delaware

Two etchings. The museum has twelve etchings on loan to the collection.

Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit, Michigan

Swedish Peasant Girl, 1901, Oil on canvas, signed. The museum has twenty-one etchings.


Elvehjem Museum of Art (now the Chazen Museum of Art),
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Two etchings

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Robert Hull Fleming Museum,
University of Vermont, Burlington

Four etchings

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums,
Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Bathers, 1897, watercolor, signed, 44.5 x 28.5 cm., no. 1943.295; Portrait of Hugo Falander, 1887, pen heightened with white on paper, signed, 7.2 x 4.2 cm., no. 1943.547. The Drawing Department has eighteen etchings. The Busch-Reisinger Museum, one of the Harvard University Art Museums, has a replica of Zorn’s portrait of Adolphus Busch. It is by William V. Schevill (1864-1951). The original portrait is in the collection of Washington University, St. Louis. Zorn also painted a portrait of Hugo Reisinger in 1897. Zorn’s portrait of Joseph Randolph Coolidge (ca. 1828-1925), 1899, oil on canvas, signed, 68.7 x 51 cm., is in the Harvard Portrait Collection.

Charles and Emma Frye Art Museum,
Seattle, Washington

One etching

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum,
Boston, Massachusetts

With His Mother (Morning Toilet), 1888, oil on canvas, signed, 60 x 36 cm. Zorn made an etching after the painting, which is titled, according to Asplund’s English edition, With Her Child, 1890, A. 45; Omnibus, 1892, oil on canvas, signed, 126 x 88 cm. Sweden’s National Museum has a version of the oil painting. Zorn made an etching after the painting, A. 72, one of his most prized prints; Mrs. Gardner in Venice, 1894, oil on canvas, signed, 91 x 66 cm.; Mrs. Grover Cleveland, 1899, oil on canvas, signed “Zorn to Mrs. JL Gardner/apr. 1899,” 68 x 51 cm. Zorn made an etching after the portrait, in two versions, A. 145 and A. 146; Abram Piatt Andrew, Jr., 1911, oil on canvas, signed, 60 x 44 cm.; Mrs. Gardner, undated, pencil on paper, unsigned, 34.1 x 20.3 cm.; Mrs. Gardner Seated, 1893-1894, pencil on paper, unsigned, 33.6 x 22.2 cm. (a study for the etching made of Mrs. Gardner in 1893-1894, A. 84); Head of Mrs. Gardner, 1894, pencil and red chalk on paper, unsigned, 25 cm. diam.; A Woman Seated with a Dog, undated, red pencil on paper, 25.6 x 18.8 cm., possibly a study for the second portrait by Zorn of Mrs. Walter Bacon (1897); Charles Martin Loeffler with Violin, pen and brown ink on paper, unsigned, 22.5 x 26.7 cm.; Ferrucio Busoni, 1894, pencil on verso of a calling card, unsigned, 6.6 x 8.6. cm.
The Gardner Museum also has seventy-eight Zorn etchings in its collection, including Isabella Gardner (1894, A. 84), an etching Mrs. Gardner disliked. Along with Charles Deering, chairman of the International Harvester Company, Mrs. Gardner was Zorn’s most important American patron and a close friend.

Georgia Museum of Art,
University of Georgia, Athens

One etching

Grand Rapids Art Museum,
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Three etchings


Haggerty Museum of Art Marquette University
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

One etching

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High Museum of Art,
Atlanta, Georgia

One etching

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College,
Hanover, New Hampshire

Six etchings

Huntington Art Gallery (now the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art),
College of Fine Arts, University of Texas, Austin

Six etchings

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University,
Ithaca, New York

Eight etchings


Joslyn Art Museum
Omaha, Nebraska

Kari, 1910, oil on canvas, signed, 50.1 x 46 cm., no. 1950.43. The museum has one Zorn etching.

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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts,
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Two etchings

Kresge Art Museum,
Michigan State University, East Lansing

The Haymaker’s Picnic, undated, ink and brown wash on paper, signed, no. 71.70

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La Salle University Art Museum,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Self-Portrait, undated, pencil with black wash heightened with gouache on paper, signed, 15.4 x 10.2 cm.

Lawrence University,
Appleton, Wisconsin

One etching


Frank Martin Gallery, Muhlenberg College,
Allentown, Pennsylvania

Eleven etchings

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University Gallery at the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, Massachusetts

Twenty-nine etchings as of 2006

Massachusetts Historical Society,
Boston, Massachusetts

Richard Saltonstall, 1899, oil on canvas, signed, 150.5 x 91.5 cm., on loan to the Crane House, Ipswich, Massachusetts as of 1992.

Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum,
San Antonio, Texas

Two etchings. The museum has one Zorn etching on loan.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art,
Memphis, Tennessee

Two etchings.

Metropolitan Museum of Art,
New York City

Mrs. Walter Bacon, 1897, oil on canvas, signed, 170.8 x 108 cm., no. 17.204; Edward Rathbone Bacon, 1897, oil on canvas, signed, 122.6 x 89.5 cm., no. 19.112; Mrs. John Crosby Brown, ca. 1900, oil on canvas, signed, 73.7 x 60.3 cm., no. 60.85; Miss Frieda Fanny Schiff (later Mrs. Felix Warburg), 1894, oil on canvas, signed, 101 x 76.2 cm., no. 1988.72. The museum has approximately eighty-seven etchings as of 2006. There is one drawing in the collection, Margit, ca. 1891, pen and ink on paper, signed, 27.9 x 22.2 cm. It is likely a study for the oil painting of Margit (1891), which is in the Zorn Museum Collection.

University of Michigan Museum of Art,
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Six etchings

Milwaukee Art Museum,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Six etchings

Minneapolis Institute of Arts,
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Girl from Elfdalen [Älvdalen], 1911, oil on canvas, unsigned, 91.44 x 62.23 cm., no. 54.17. The museum has thirty Zorn etchings.

Museum of Modern Art,
New York City

Two etchings

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum,
South Hadley, Massachusetts

Six etchings as of 2006

Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute,
Utica, New York

Vice President James Schoolcraft Sherman, 1911, oil on canvas, signed, 76 x 64 cm., no. 45.4. The museum has three Zorn etchings.

Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary,
Williamsburg, Virginia

Two etchings


National Gallery of Art, Washington
Washington, D.C.

Twenty-nine etchings. A portrait of Hugo Reisinger (1897, oil on canvas, signed, 135.6 x 100.3 cm.) is on loan to the Birmingham Museum of Art as of 1992.

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National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.

Six etchings

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.

Grover Cleveland, 1899, oil on canvas, signed, 121.9 x 91.4 cm., no. NPG 77.229; Charles Nagel, 1901, oil on canvas, signed, 61 x 50.8 cm., no. NPG 69.1; Nelson Aldrich, 1913, oil on canvas, signed, 128.3 x 97.8 cm., no. NPG 69.85. The museum has seven Zorn etchings.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Washington, D.C.

One etching

Museum of the City of New York

Robert Weeks de Forest, oil on canvas, signed, 69 x 56 cm., no. 58.28

New-York Historical Society

Two oil portraits, Samuel Untermeyer, 1901, oil on canvas, signed, 102 x 77 cm., no. 1949.68; Charles Tracy Barney, 1904, oil on canvas, signed, 228 x 121 cm., no. 1947.112.

New York Public Library

Eighteen etchings

Northwestern University Library, Evanston
Evanston, Illinois

Portrait of William Deeding, 1897, oil on canvas, signed, 91.4 x 121.8 cm. The museum has portraits of Charles Deering and James Deering, both painted in 1932, that are copies by Paul Trebilcock (1902-1981) of Zorn portraits.

Norton Gallery and School of Art
West Palm Beach, Florida

Two etchings

Norton Simon Museum
Pasadena, California

Two etchings. Seven etchings have been deaccessioned. At the Piano, a Zorn etching from 1900 in the collection, was given to the museum by Anne Burnett Hardin, who posed for the etching.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Fifty-seven etchings

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Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona,
Phoenix, Arizona

Untitled (described as a girl wearing a red cap and scarf), oil on canvas, undated, 52 x 45 cm., no. 80.172.
The museum has eight Zorn etchings.

Portland Art Museum,
Portland, Oregon

Five etchings

Princeton University Art Museum,
Princeton, New Jersey

Twenty three etchings

Reading Public Museum,
Reading, Pennsylvania

Two etchings

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art,
Providence, Rhode Island

Seven etchings


Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site,
Cornish, New Hampshire

Two etchings.

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St. Louis Art Museum,
St. Louis, Missouri

Halsey Cooley Ives, 1894, oil on canvas, signed, 81 x 66 cm., no. 1973:246; Mrs. Lucy Turner Joy, 1897, oil on canvas, signed, 59.7 x 76.2 cm., no. 97:1917; Daniel Catlin, 1901, oil on canvas, signed, 57.7 x 47.6 cm., no. 85:1942. The museum has ten Zorn's etchings.

San Diego Museum of Art,
San Diego, California

Six etchings

The Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery,
Lindsborg, Kansas

Twenty-two etchings as of 2006

Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, California

Thirty-three etchings as of 2006

Santa Barbara Museum of Art,
Santa Barbara, California

Two etchings

Seattle Art Museum,
Seattle, Washington

Five etchings as of 2006

David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago,
Chicago, Illinois

Seventy etchings as of 2006

Smith College Museum of Art,
Northampton, Massachusetts

Miss Susan White Hildreth, 1893, oil on canvas, signed, 101.9 x 76.35 cm. The museum has four Zorn etchings as of 2006.

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, D.C.

Two etchings

J. B. Speed Art Museum,
Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. William Taussig, 1897, oil on canvas, signed, 81.2 x 66 cm., no. 75.13

Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas,
Lawrence, Kansas

Twenty-two etchings

Museum of Fine Arts,
Springfield, Massachusetts

Eight etchings

University Art Collection, Syracuse University,
New York

Sixty-five etchings


Toledo Museum of Art
Toledo, Ohio

Six etchings

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Richmond, Virginia

Seventeen etchings

Wadsworth Atheneum
Hartford, Connecticut

Seventy-four etchings

Washington University in St. Louis Gallery of Art (now the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum)
Saint Louis, Missouri

Mr. Adolphus Busch, 1897, oil on canvas, signed, 127 x 93.3 cm, no. WU 2163; Mrs. Adolphus Busch, 1897, oil on canvas, signed, 127 x 93.3 cm., no. WU 2164; Portrait of Robert S. Brookings, 1904, oil on canvas, signed, 124 x 91.4 cm., WU 3192. There are six Zorn etchings in the collection.

Western Reserve Historical Society
Cleveland, Ohio

Marcus Alonzo Hanna, 1904, oil on canvas, signed, 130 x 85 cm., no. WRHS 48.147. The museum has one Zorn etching.

White House
Washington, D.C.

President William Howard Taft, 1911, oil on canvas, signed, 117.5 x 89 cm. The White House collection includes an etching by Zorn of Taft (A. 239).

Worcester Art Museum
Worcester, Massachusetts

Opal, 1891, oil on canvas, signed, 102 x 69.5 cm., no. 1986.59/89; Peasant Girl (Floda Kullan), 1908, oil on canvas, no. 1991.239. Another version of Opal is in the Zorn Museum and is probably a sketch. The Worcester Museum has nine Zorn etchings.

Wright Museum of Art
Beliot College, Wisconsin

Two etchings

Yale University Art Gallery
New Haven, Connecticut

Dr. Ira de Ver Warner, 1901, oil on canvas, signed, 101.5 x 86.5 cm. The museum has 129 Zorn etchings.

Jane Voorhees-Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Portrait of Guerda Erickson, 1904, watercolor, signed, sight dimensions 34.2 x 26.6, no. 62.010.002. There are twenty-four Zorn etchings in the museum’s collection as of 2006.