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American, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1780, in Enfield (Connecticut); died 1821, in Ithaca (New York).

Painter, engraver.

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American, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1775, in New York; died 17 January 1870, in New Jersey.

Engraver, draughtsman, illustrator.

Alexander Anderson, the son of a Scotsman, was the first person to practise wood engraving in the USA. He first studied medicine and qualified as a doctor in ...

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Amy Meyers

English naturalist, painter and graphic artist active in the American colonies. His scientific expeditions to the British colonies in North America and the Caribbean (1712–19 and 1722–6) resulted in the first fully illustrated survey of the flora and fauna of the British Colonies in the Americas. ...

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Maurie D. McInnis

American painter and engraver of English birth. Coram immigrated to America on 1 March 1769 following an older brother who was established as a merchant in Charleston, SC. He eventually took over his brother’s business and also advertised himself as an engraver by 1778. He engraved a wide variety of cards and shop bills as well as currency for the state of South Carolina. He referred to himself as “self-taught,” which he was initially, but he also received instruction after ...

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Sandra Paikowsky

English painter and engraver, active in North America. He studied drawing at the Royal Academy Schools, London, in 1790. His three documented British mezzotint portraits after others’ originals include that of John Lewis (c. 1793; London, Richmond Pub. Lib.). In 1794 he moved to the USA as part of the influx of British artists. Field spent 14 years working as a successful miniaturist in Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC, and Boston, MA. He was patronized by, among others, ...

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American, 18th century, male.

Active in Boston in 1785.

Painter, engraver.

John Mason Furnass painted mainly portraits.

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American, 18th century, male.

Born 7 December 1729, in Boston; died 15 September 1792, in Margale.

Painter, engraver.

In 1752 John Greenwood emigrated to Surinam, then went from there to The Netherlands and landed in England in 1763. He engraved good portraits and reproductions after Rembrandt, Teniers and Metzu, and in ...

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Richard H. Saunders

English painter, engraver and auctioneer of American birth. In 1742 he was apprenticed to the Boston engraver Thomas Johnston, though he abandoned engraving for painting (e.g. the group portrait of his own family, the Greenwood-Lee Family, c. 1747; Boston, MA, Mus. F.A.). In 1752 he went to Paramaribo, Surinam, where in the space of five years he painted 113 portraits, which he recorded along with numerous other events and observations in a notebook. While there he painted his best-known work, ...

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American, 18th century, male.

Born 1708, in Boston (Massachusetts); died 8 May 1767, in Boston.

Engraver, painter.

Thomas Johnston produced many ex-libris and architectural drawings.

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Gordon Campbell

American portrait painter, japanner and engraver, active in Boston. His workshop on Ann Street advertised ‘Japaning, Gilding, Painting, Varnishing’; he also engraved maps, music and clock faces. A tall clock (c. 1749–56; Winterthur, DE, Du Pont Winterthur Mus.) japanned by Johnston is one of the finest surviving examples of japanned work in colonial America....