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 John W. Sartain  (1808 - 1897)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: engraver, mezzotint, miniature portrait

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
John Sartain was a printmaker, miniaturist and portraitist. Born in London in 1808, he was apprenticed to engraver John Swain before coming to America in 1830 and settling in Philadelphia. He was instrumental in popularizing mezzotints by copying John Neagle's "Patriotism and Age."

Sartain was a prolific engraver, creating hundreds of illustrations for magazines, including his own "Sartain's Magazine" (begun in 1848). In the late 1850s, he started to make large engravings of major imaginative and historical works, including those of Benjamin West and Peter F. Rothermel.

Sartain was an active member of the Philadelphia art community. He was a teacher and officer at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women and was the art director of the Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia in 1876. He also exhibited works at several European expositions. Four of his eight children became painters or engravers: Samuel (1830-1906), Henry (1833-circa 1895), Emily (1841-1927), and William (1843-1924).

John Sartain's autobiography, "The Reminiscences of a Very Old Man," was published in 1899, two years after his death.


Source: Matthew Baigell, "Dictionary of American Artists"
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"


Biography from Charleston Renaissance Gallery:
John Sartain (1808-1897) was one of the foremost engravers and mezzotint artists of nineteenth-century America. Born in London, he immigrated to the United States in 1830 and settled in Philadelphia. There he illustrated and published the Union Magazine of Literature and Art (1849-1852) and created numerous engravings for books, magazines, and art prints.

Sartain was an officer of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and art department chairman of Philadelphia's Centennial Exposition of 1876.



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