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 Frederick William Quartley  (1808 - 1866)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: engraver, landscape, illustrator

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Frederick Quartley was an engraver and landscape painter who was born in Bath, England, and died in New York City. His reputation is primarily for his wood engravings including for publications called "Picturesque America" (1872) and "Picturesque Europe" (1875). At age 16, he took up wood engraving, and then came to America with his son after the death of his wife in 1851. The son, Arthur Quartley, also became a well-known artist.

The following is from Linda Lovell, Ph.D., Eureka Springs, Arkansas

I write for Linda Cohen, the great great granddaughter of Frederick William
Quartley and great granddaughter of Arthur Quartley. She has asked me to
relay information to you, and this message is about Frederick. It is taken from an 1824 Indenture contract when Frederick, age 16, was indentured as an apprentice in London. Miss Cohen does not have other information on Frederick, but she thought you might find this of interest. She owns this original indenture contract, complete with wax seals.

"This indenture witnesseth that Frederick William Quartley, son of William
James Quartley of Edmond Place, Aldergate Street, London, Printer, of his
own free will and accord and with the consent of the said William James
Quartley his Father doth put himself APPRENTICE to Robert Branston of
Beaufort Buildings near the strand in the County of Middlesex, Engraver, to
learn his Art and with him (after the manner of an apprentice) to serve from
the fifth day of July last for and during and unto the full End and Term of
seven Years from thence next following to be fully complete and ended DURING which term the said Apprentice his Master faithfully shall serve, his
secrets keep, his lawful commands everywhere gladly do, Shall do no damage to his said Master nor see to be done of others, but to his power shall let or forthwith give warning to his same Master of the same, Shall not waste the Goods of his said Master nor lend them unlawfully to any.

He shall not do any act whereby his said Master may have any loss with his own Goods or others, during the said Term without license of his said Master, shall neither buy nor sell nor absent himself from his said Master's service day or night unlawfully for in all Things as a faithful Apprentice shall behave
himself towards his said Master and all his during the said Term. And in
consideration of five shillings to the said William James Quartley, paid by
the said Robert Branston, the receipt whereof is admitted by the said
William James Quartley for himself, his heirs, executors and administrators
doth hereby covenant with the said Robert Branston, his executors,
administrators and assigns and every of them that the said apprentice shall
duly fulfil his part of these presents and that the said William James
Quartley, his executors or administrators will always during the said term
find and provide unto and for the said apprentice his necessary, meat,
drink, board, lodging, wearing apparel, linen cloaths, and washing and
mending thereof, and Medicine and nursing and all other necessaries, and in
the case of the death of the said apprentice pay the expenses of his

And the said Robert Branston doth hereby for himself, his executors
and administrators covenant with the said apprentice and his said father,
executors and administrators and each and every of them, that he, the said
Robert Branston, his executors or administrators will during so long of the
said term as the said apprentice and his said father shall perform their
part of this present, to instruct or cause to be instructed the said
apprentice by the best means that he or they can, in the said art or mystery
of an engraver. And for the Performances of all and every the said Covenants
and Agreements either of the said Parties bindeth himself unto the other by
these presents in the sum of one hundred pounds.

In Witness whereof the parties above named to these indentures
interchangeably have put their Hands and Seals the fifth Day of August and
in the fifth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the fourth by
the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King
Defender of the Faith and in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred
and twenty four.

Frederick William Quartley (signature and wax seal)
William James Quartley (signature and wax seal)
Robert Branston (signature and wax seal)

Signed sealed and delivered by the above named Frederick William Quartley,
William James Quartley, and Robert Branston in the presence of JaS
Nicholson, Clerk to W Turner, Percy St. Belford Square.

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