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 Moseley Isaac Danforth  (1800 - 1862)

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Lived/Active: New York/Connecticut / England      Known for: engraving, portrait, figure and historical genre painting

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Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Moseley Danforth became a noted bank note engraver who was a prime influence in merging bank note companies into a single entity. He was also a noted portrait painter and when the National Academy of Design was created in 1826, he was among the first members.

At age 18, he apprenticed to Asaph Willard of the Hartford Graphic and Bank Note Engraving Company. He then worked as an engraver in New Haven and in 1825, moved to New York for the same purpose.

 From 1827 to 1840, he worked in London and studied at the Royal Academy.  He also became acquainted with a number of England's leading artists and did engravings of their work.

Returning to the United States, he was briefly in Harford and then re-established himself in New York to concentrate on bank note engraving.  In 1850 he and his close friend, Thomas Underwood, established the engraving firm of Danforth, Underwood and Company. In 1858, this firm merged with the newly founded American Bank Note Company of New York, which Danforth later served as vice-president.

In his later years, he did watercolor painting and copied the Italian masters.

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David Dearinger, Editor, Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design, 1826-1925

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