Art/ Collection/ Art Object

John Stoneacre Ellis

dated 1859
Ambrotype, velvet, leather
ambrotype: 2 5/8 x 2 1/8 in. (6.7 x 5.4 cm); case: 3 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. (9.5 x 8.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Arthur LaMotte, 1928
Accession Number:
Not on view
The first examples of European arms and armor entered the Metropolitan Museum in 1896 with the gift of the small collection of John Stoneacre Ellis (1828–1896), probably acquired during his travels in Europe in 1875–76. Of very mixed quality, it was among the earliest collections of arms and armor in America. Ellis was an army officer in California, fought in the Civil War, and later settled in Westchester County, New York.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on velvet facing image: "1859"
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department," October 2, 2012–October 13, 2014.

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