20th Century History of Steubenville and Jefferson County, Ohio and Representative Citizens Volume 1

20th Century History of Steubenville and Jefferson County, Ohio and Representative Citizens Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...families moved to Steubenville who afterwards contributed not only to the artistic and literary side of this western society, but whose immediate and subsequent descendants gained a national reputation. The first of these was Rev. Archibald Hawkins, who came to Steubenville from Baltimore in 1811 and built a house on South Third Street, lately occupied by his granddaughter, Miss Rebecca Hawkins. He was a local Methodist preacher, and is said to have been a specially intimate friend of Rev. Father Morse, of St. Paul's, who came a few years later. At that time he had a son Ezekiel, three years old, who early gave indications of precocity as an artist. He learned the trade of house and sign painting. but also took up landscape painting and portraiture, in both of which he did excellent work. The scenery around Steubenville furnished plenty of subjects and inspiration, as it did afterwards to Cole. He also decorated window shades, and made his art useful in various ways. The family moved to Wheeling in 1829, after which he gave most of his time to portraiture, having a camera which would throw upon the canvas a likeness of the " sitter," which the artist could make permanent with his pencil. Here he became acquainted with an artist named Lamden, from whom he received valuable instructions. Shortly after, about 1840, by correspondence with Prof. Morse, the artist-electrician, and inventor of the electric telegraph, with whom he was intimately acquainted, he learned of the famous Daguerre, the inventor of the daguerre process of picture making. Mr. Hawkins became deeply interested in the new process, and either procured a camera from Mr. Morse or made a daguerreotype camera of the one he already possessed. He was the first...show more

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  • Paperback | 370 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 658g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236773756
  • 9781236773753