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John Blair

 (1800 - 1896)
John B. Blair was active/lived in Illinois.  John Blair is known for portrait, panorama painting.

Biography   John Blair


John B. Blair (1800-1896)

Born in 1800, on a farm near the boundary line of Ohio and Pennsylvania, he was educated in the local schools and by a private tutor.  Later he went to Yale and was graduated when Andrew Jackson was president.

Blair became the first to paint any great panorama in this country.  It was pictures of birds of all the world, and to accomplish this work, he encircled the globe twice.  His portrait of President Taylor hangs at the White House in Washington, DC.  He was the inventor of the silk-bag gas balloon, invented a bicycle made of the same lines as the safety bicycles of today.  He added a large amount of dollars to the wealth of E.Faber, the pencil manufacturer, by inventing t   ...  Displaying 750 of 1537 characters.

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