Stephen Alonzo Schoff
(1818 - 1904)
Stephen Alonzo Schoff was active/lived in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont / France. Stephen Schoff is known for banknote engraver, portrait etching.
Photo provided by Jonathan Small (descendant)
Biography Stephen Alonzo Schoff
Information submitted by Jonathan B. Small, great-great-grandson of the artist:
Prior to the advent of photography, it had been the engraver's job to reproduce other artists' works and bring them into the public eye. Engravings enabled numerous copies of great works of art to be owned by many people, who otherwise would never have been able to afford a master artist's original painting or drawing. The engraver also provided a great promotional service to the original artist.
Stephen A. Schoff was just finishing his training in the art of engraving at the time Daguerre introduced his new photographic process. By the mid-nineteenth century photography was having a profound impact on the role of the engraver; and a number of Sch