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 Alfred Jones  (1819 - 1900)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: magazine illustration engraving, genre painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Alfred Jones
1819 (Liverpool, England)
1900 (New York City)

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A native of Liverpool, England, Alfred Jones became a noted engraver* and also did some genre, landscape, and figure painting and vignette* drawings.  He was brought to the United States as an infant, and the family settled in New York state.

During his youth, Jones apprenticed in Albany to an engraving firm of Rawdon, Wright, Hatch and Edson. In 1834, he moved to New York City, and began working as an engraver and in the 1830s, he enrolled in classes in the "Antique" at the National Academy of Design*.

During the following decade, his engraving career flourished. He filled commissions with Graham's Magazine and Godey's Lady's Book and also did folio engravings of major American painting to distribute to members of the American Art Union*.

In 1846, Jones traveled to Europe, and spent a year in Paris. Returning to New York, he continued engraving and also did small genre paintings, which were occasionally exhibited at the National Academy of Design.  In 1851, he became a full member of the Academy and from 1882 to 1890, served as Treasurer. He was also active in the American Society of Painters in Water Colors*, Artists Fund Society* and Century Association*.

Eventually he set up his own business, which specialized in engraving banknotes and postage stamps.  "He invented a precursor of the halftone* process that assured his continued success in the field." (Harding, 325)  In 1867, he did a series of engravings for Harper's Weekly illustrating the activities of the Canadian parliament.

Jonathan P. Harding, "Alfred Jones", Painting and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design, 1826-1925. (David Dearinger, Editor)
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art

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