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Schoener, Jacob B., William, and William B.
Family Archive
Reading, PA. & Boston, MA, 1882. Manuscript archive consisting of letters, documents, wills, etc. from the Schoener family of Reading, Pennsylvania, including documents that detail the lives of two generations of family members and their successes and failures in making lives for themselves in 19th century America.Jacob B. Schoener: The focus of the archive is the life Jacob B. Schoener (1805-1846), a highly successful miniature painter who over his career became one of the leading practitioners in the field. By reading his letters it was apparent that he had considerable skill as a draughtsman and his father sent him to Philadelphia to study with the Italian artist Gennarino Perisco from whom he learned the elements of portraiture. His mastery of the art form was developed over time as he traveled from Reading to Philadelphia, to New York, To Albany to Providence and finally to Boston where he made his home for much of the 1803's. He learned that in order to make his living he needed to travel where the work was and he spent many winters in Charleston and other Southern cities, when the New England market grew soft. His letters home are filled news of his itinerary, his successes and dry periods and his constant quest to find new portraits to paint and money to make.In a letter dated November 16 apologizing for not having written sooner JSB ". . . it should have happened had I not been so busily engaged in painting miniatures, which must certainly be very agreeable to you -when you hear that I have already collected nearly money enough to discharge the remaining amoun … [Click Below for Full Description]
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