(1775 - 1870)
Alexander Anderson was active/lived in New Jersey, New York. Alexander Anderson is known for wood engraving-bank notes, portrait drawing.
Biography Alexander Anderson
Known as the "founder of the art and industry of wood engraving in the United States," Alexander Anderson was the dominant figure in that medium until the 1840s when a freer style came into vogue led by Felix Darley.
Anderson completed about six thousand wood carvings and worked nearly to the end of his long life of ninety-five years. He is credited with inspiring many artists including Abel Bowen in Boston and George Gilbert in Philadelphia.
Anderson was self taught in drawing and copperplate engraving. He first trained as a doctor in New York City where he was born. But he was inspired by the revival of wood engraving led by British artist Thomas Bewick whose tiny, cameo-type forms were done in the 'white
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