The life and anecdotes of William Russell Birch, enamel painter / William Russell Birch, [ca. 1800]

Birch, William Russell, b. 1755 d. 1834
Painter, Designer, Engraver, Etcher, Miniature painter
Active in Philadelphia, Pa.

Collection size: 3 items (on 3 partial microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: "The life and anecdotes of William Russell Birch, enamel painter, " including a list of his copies in enamel of drawings by Sir Joshua Reynolds, the master he studied under, a short detail about enamel painting, the names of purchasers or persons for whom they were painted, his British views, anecdotes upon the loss of his friends, his departure from England for America, William Russell, his friendship with Sir Joshua Reynolds, his Philadelphia views, and a trip to the South. [Original typescript on reel P20, copies on reel 800 & P21. Also on P21 are notes on the history of the autobiography by Albert Rosenthal].

Biographical/Historical Note: Enamel painter, miniaturist, engraver, etcher, publisher; Philadelphia, Pa. Born in England.

Material on reels P20 & P21 microfilmed by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for the Archives of American Art, 1955. Material on reel 800 lent for microfilming 1974, by the New York Historical Society.

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