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date: 06 April 2020

Longacre, James Bartonlocked

(11 August 1794–01 January 1869)
  • David Meschutt

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Longacre, James Barton (11 August 1794–01 January 1869), artist and engraver, was born in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, the son of Peter Longacre. He began drawing while still a boy, and his talent was noticed by the Philadelphia bookseller and antiquarian John Fanning Watson, whom he served as an apprentice. Watson subsequently apprenticed him to the Philadelphia engraver George Murray. Longacre established his own engraving business in 1819. His first important commission came the following year when he engraved the portraits of ...

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