Alonzo Hartwell

Alonzo Hartwell (19 February 1805 in Littleton, Massachusetts – 17 January 1873 in Waltham, Massachusetts) was an engraver and portrait artist in Boston, Massachusetts, in the 19th century.[1][2][3] He trained with Abel Bowen in Boston[4][5] and in 1826 went into business for himself.[3] Hartwell's work appeared in the American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge and other publications. Among Hartwell's students were artists George Loring Brown and Benjamin F. Childs.[4] In 1850, he received the silver medal of the Charlestown, Massachusetts, Mechanics' Association.[3] He continued as an engraver until 1851, when he turned to portrait painting.[3] Hartwell is buried in Mount Feake Cemetery in Waltham, MA. One of Hartwell's children, Henry Walker Hartwell, became an architect in the Boston firm Hartwell and Richardson.[6]

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Portrait of Jacob Perkins. Croome, del.; Hartwell sc. Page from: American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge. vol.2, 1835.

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Boston Massacre, in: American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge, 1835[7]

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From: American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge, 1836

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Davy Crockett, in: Crockett Almanac, 1839[8]

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From: S.G. Goodrich. A Pictorial Natural History (Boston: James Munroe & Company, 1854)


  1. ^ "70 Wash. h. 4 Gov. Alley;" cf. Boston Directory. 1832
  2. ^ Bolton. Early American Portrait Draughtsmen, in Crayons. 1923, 1970
  3. ^ a b c d Wikisource-logo.svg Wilson, J. G.; Fiske, J., eds. (1892). "Hartwell, Alonzo" . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
  4. ^ a b W. J. Linton. The History of Wood-Engraving in America. Chapter III. American Art Review, Vol. 1, No. 7 (May, 1880)
  5. ^ Boston painters and paintings. Atlantic Monthly, Sept. 1888.
  6. ^ Susan Maycock Vogel Hartwell and Richardson: An Introduction to Their Work, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 32, No. 2 (May, 1973), pp. 132–146
  7. ^ "Boston Athenaeum". Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  8. ^ Frederick S. Voss. Portraying an American Original: The Likenesses of Davy Crockett. Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. 91, No. 4 (Apr., 1988)

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Abel Bowen

Abel Bowen (1790-1850) was an engraver, publisher, and author in early 19th-century Boston, Massachusetts.

American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge

The American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge (1834–1837) was a monthly magazine based in Boston, Massachusetts. It was established by a group of engravers to "give to the public a work descriptive, not merely of subjects, scenes, places, and persons existing in distant climes, but also of those which are to be found in our own fine and native country." It featured profusely illustrated articles on many topics, including American animals, plants, natural scenery, colleges, banks, hospitals, churches, cities, technology, and so on; as well as biographical articles on figureheads of the revolutionary and federal eras. Modelled after the British Penny Magazine, it was published first by the Boston Bewick Company, then by William D. Ticknor and John L. Sibley. In 1836 Nathaniel Hawthorne served as editor.

Boston Custom House

The Custom House in Boston, Massachusetts, was established in the 17th century and stood near the waterfront in several successive locations through the years. In 1849 the U.S. federal government constructed a neoclassical building on State Street; it remains the "Custom House" known to Bostonians today. A tower was added in 1915; the building joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and was designated a Boston Landmark by the Boston Landmarks Commission in 1986.

Charles Apthorp

Charles Apthorp (1698–1758) was a British-born merchant in 18th-century Boston, Massachusetts. He ran his import business from Merchants Row, and "in his day he was called the richest man in Boston." He acted for the British government, and supported King's Chapel.

George Loring Brown

George Loring Brown (February 2, 1814 – June 25, 1889) was an American landscape painter. He was born in Boston and first studied wood engraving under Alonzo Hartwell and worked as an illustrator. He studied painting with Washington Allston, but soon went to Europe, residing principally in Italy for years. Brown spent much of his life abroad, and the motives of his pictures are usually Italian, and there is nothing specifically American about them either in treatment or sentiment. Among the best are "Sunset in Genoa" (1875), "Doges' Palace and Grand Canal," "Bay of Naples," "Niagara Falls in Moonlight." "The Bay of New York" (1869) was acquired by King Edward VII when visiting America as Prince of Wales.

Hartwell and Richardson

Hartwell and Richardson was a Boston, Massachusetts architectural firm established in 1881, by Henry Walker Hartwell (1833–1919) and William Cummings Richardson (1854–1935). The firm contributed significantly to the current building stock and architecture of the greater Boston area. Many of its buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Littleton, Massachusetts

Littleton (historically Nipmuc: Nashoba) is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 8,924 at the 2010 census.

For geographic and demographic information on the neighborhood of Littleton Common, please see the article Littleton Common, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Historical Society

The Massachusetts Historical Society is a major historical archive specializing in early American, Massachusetts, and New England history. It is located at 1154 Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts and is the oldest historical society in the United States, having been established in 1791.

The Society's building was constructed in 1899 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. In 2016, The Boston Landmarks Commission designated it a Boston Landmark.

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