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|Known for engravings, including bank notes and portrait reproductions,
John Prud'homme was born in Saint Thomas of the West Indies, and at age
seven, moved with his parents to New York City. There he learned the
art of portrait engraving from his brother-in-law, Thomas Gimbredeas,
and by age 21, had a career of his own. Many of his portraits were
published in the four volume book, National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans, 1834-1839, by James Herring and James Barton Longacre.|
being well established with portrait work, he turned increasingly to
independent projects such as banknote engraving. From 1835 to 1847, he
exhibited his work in New York at the National Academy of Design of
which he became a member.
In 1844, he received the appointment
of Curator of the Academy Collection, and in 1852 was given the
additional task of doing an accurate inventory of Academy property.
However, the next year he resigned as Curator. "The reason Prud'homme
vacated the curatorship in 1853 was not recorded, so whether it was in
some way connected to the taking of the inventory must remain a
In 1869, he moved from New York to Washington DC
where he became a staff engraver at the Federal Bureau of Engraving and
Printing. He remained in that position until 1885, when he retired and
continued living in DC until his death in 1892.
Jonathan P. Harding, Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design, 1826-1925, Volume One, David Dearinger, Editor.
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