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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 19, May 13, 2007, Article 12

INFORMATION ON ENGRAVER JOHN WILLIAM CASILEAR

Regarding our earlier query about artist John William Casilear,
David Gladfelter writes: "There is a self-portrait of Casilear
and biographical info on him in Foster Wild Rice, "Antecedents
of the American Bank Note Company," 18 Essay-Proof Journal 91,
102-103 (1961) (reprinted). The portrait had been owned by his
granddaughter, Grace Casilear Burr, who died childless the
preceding year and "was the last surviving descendant of this
artistic branch of the family." Thus it may take some searching
to locate this self-portrait today.

"There is also biographical info in Hessler, Stauffer and Baker.
The last mentioned source ascribes two works to him: "The Seven
Presidents," painted and engraved for the New York Mirror, 1834,
and "The Sybil," after a painting by Daniel Huntington, published
by the American Art Union in 1847.

"I have a proof of the B plate $5.00 note of the Morris County Bank,
Morristown, N. J., with the imprint Casilear, Durand, Burton &
Edmonds, N. York. as well as the 4-subject copper plate from which
it was printed. The note has 4 vignettes, but none of them are
signed. I have not seen a signed vignette of Casilear's."

 INFORMATION ON ENGRAVER JOHN WILLIAM CASILEAR SOUGHT
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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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