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 Hermann (Harmon or Harman?) Faber  (1832 - 1913)



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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania / Germany      Known for: illustrator-Civil War medical, portrait

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BIOGRAPHY for Hermann Faber
1832 (Germany)
1913 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Pennsylvania / Germany

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Born in Germany, Hermann Faber came to the United States in 1854 and worked for the Surgeon General during the Civil War as a medical illustrator to keep a record of the war. He also did etchings and before the room was cleared, he was allowed to make two drawings of Abraham Lincoln on his deathbed.

He settled in Philadelphia where he died in 1913. He exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy in the late 19th century and was a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club from 1870 to 1874 and studied with Thomas Eakins in 1876. He was also a member of the Philadelphia Society of Etchers and served as Secretary for two years. His etchings were used to illustrate books on classic poems such as Geothe's "hermann" and Dorothea".

His first name has been recorded in several ways: Hermann, Harmon, and Harman.

"Who Was Who in American Art" by Peter Falk
"Thomas Eakins and His Fellow Artists At the Philadelphia Sketch Club" by David Sellin, Ph.D., Mark Sullivan, Ph.D., and William C. Patterson.

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