Scope and Content of the Collection
Thirty-five drawings in ink and wash on paper and one page of text from a formerly bound sketchbook of Ferdinand Friedrich August Pettrich. The drawings include the following subjects: Keokuk, Ha-Sa-Ya, Black Hawk, a council of the Sac and Fox Indians in Washington in 1842 shown with Secretary of State Forsyth smoking a pipe of peace, and unidentified members of the Sac and Fox, Creek, Sioux, and Winnebago tribes. Many of the drawings are double-sided with a numbering system that refers to the specific drawing's position within the original bound sketchbook. Box 4 contains two series of formerly seamed, frieze-like drawings that have been separated and individually matted in order to ensure their preservation.
- Creation: approximately 1842
- Pettrich, Ferdinand (Person)
Materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The [Pettrich Sketchbook] is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).
Ownership and Literary Rights
The [Pettrich Sketchbook] is the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.
Biography of Ferdinand Friedrich August Pettrich
Born in Dresden in 1798, Ferdinand Pettrich was trained as a sculptor by his father, the court sculptor to the king of Saxony, and by the Danish master Bertel Thorwaldsen. In 1835, Pettrich traveled to America with his wife and three sons, settling for a time in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. While in Washington, Pettrich met numerous politicians and Native American representatives of whom he made many sketches and drawings and modeled a large number of busts, reliefs, and sculptures. Several of these sculptures are held at the Vatican Ethnological Missionary Museum.
3 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Thirty-five drawings in ink and wash on paper and one page of text from a formerly bound sketchbook of Ferdinand Friedrich Pettrich. The drawings feature portrait depictions of American Indians, including members of the Sac and Fox, Creek, Sioux, and Winnebago tribes.
Drawings are organized in the following series
- Series 1: Sketchbook nos. Title Page, 2, 28-30
- Box 1
- Series 2: Sketchbook nos. 3-16
- Box 2
- Series 3: Sketchbook nos. 17-27; 31-34
- Box 3
- Series 4: Sketchbook nos. 1 (a, b, c) and 35 (a, b)
- Box 4
Collection Stack Location
VAULT 51 8
Gift, Edward E. Ayer.
Gordon Dearborn Wilkins and Elizabeth McKinley, 2015.
- Inventory of the [Pettrich Sketchbook], approximately 1842
- Gordon Dearborn Wilkins and Elizabeth McKinley
- Language of description
- Script of description