(1823 - 1904)
John R. Chapin was active/lived in New York, Rhode Island. John Chapin is known for war-frontier genre, western, portrait.
Biography John Chapin
A designer, painter, illustrator, and engraver, John Chapin became especially noted for his Civil War illustrations and his western scenes, although it is unknown if he ever visited the West. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and was a descendant of Pilgrims. He grew up in New York City where he studied law and then art as a student of Samuel F.B. Morse.
From 1843 to 1845, Chapin traveled throughout the South as a correspondent and artist for "Gleason's Pictorial." When that magazine failed, he became a commercial illustrator in New York until 1850, and later (1860) returned to New York to organize the Art Department for "Harper's" Magazine. From 1850 to 1860, he created drawings in the Patent Office in Washington DC, and from
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