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David M. Sokol

American engraver. Doolittle learnt to engrave in metal through his apprenticeship to a silversmith. His career as an independent craftsman was interrupted by army service during the American Revolution, during which time he met Ralph Earl, whose drawings of battle scenes, including the battles of Lexington and Concord, Doolittle was later to engrave on copper. The success of these historical scenes, for example ...

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American, 19th century, male.

Born c. 1792; died c. 1820.

Goldsmith, engraver.

John Durand was the brother of Asher Brown Durand and illustrated the works of William Cowper and Thomas Gray.

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American, 19th century, male.

Born 23 December 1785, in Hanover (Pennsylvania); died 23 July 1844, in Philadelphia.

Engraver, medallist.

Christian Gobrecht engraved several portraits of Washington and Franklin.

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David M. Sokol

American silversmith and engraver. After training as a silversmith, he responded to the growing demand for copperplate-engraving by launching his own business in Newark in the 1770s, advertising in the New York and New Jersey newspapers as an engraver of tea sets and as a copperplate printer. Engraving bookplates, broadsides and occasional portraits provided his staple income; in later years, after American Independence, he was also able to meet the demand of nascent banks for individualized, intricately designed banknotes to counter forgery. Although the ephemeral nature of his work makes it difficult to evaluate his talent within the broader context of contemporary engraving, he achieved sufficient status to be elected as the representative of the Engravers’ Association to the Federal Procession of ...

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American, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1 January 1735, in Boston (Massachusetts); died 10 May 1818, in Boston.

Engraver (burin), jeweller, goldsmith.

Paul Revere learned the art of gold and silversmithing from his father. He also studied copper plate engraving and produced illustrations for books and magazines. He distinguished himself in the American War of Independence, and is remembered for an engraved plaque he made on this subject after Henry Pelham....

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Carey Rote

American silversmith, engraver and metalworker. He was trained as a silversmith by his father, Apollos Rivoire (1702–54), who anglicized his name to Paul Revere in 1730. After his father’s death, Revere took over the family silver business. He was an active participant in the American Revolution (...

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American, 18th – 19th century, male.

Active in New York from 1789 to 1816.

Engraver, goldsmith.

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American, 19th century, male.

Born 1 May 1796, in Damascota; died 7 June 1857, in New York.

Engraver (burin), medallist.

Charles Cushing Wright had no teacher. He engraved coins and medals with the image of George Washington.