Monsieur Harrisse

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Portrait produced by Monsieur Harrisse at the "Lamasery" in New York on February, 1878

Monsieur A. Harrisse was a French amateur artist who drew the first portrait of Master Morya in black and white crayons at The "Lamasery" in New York, on February 11, 1878.

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was introduced to him by a mutual friend in New York who has not been identified. She wrote: "You could not have been presented by a more welcome friend than our lighthearted sneering little French “BulBul,” my beloved “petite vielle” [Fr. little old woman] A. Harrissee[.] His introduction was not required though, to make me know a name which the zephyrs of social fame had long since wafted to the four quarters of the world."[1]


  1. H. P. Blavatsky to unknown correspondent. January 31, 1882. She was writing from Bombay. This letter was transcribed from a photocopy in Vault MSS 2, box 6 folder 45; Fred A. Rosenstock autograph collection; L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602. Discovered there by Daniel Caldwell. The original was sold by the library and its current whereabouts are unknown.