Born the son of Evert Bancker, Mayor of Albany, New York, Adrian was apprenticed to the goldsmith Hendrick Boelen, the brother of Jacob Boelen, in 1718, and was admitted as a freeman in New York in 1731. He married Elizabeth van Taerling in 1729 and during the period 1733-36 he was collector for the South Ward in New York City. Bancker continued his silversmithing trade for at least thirty-five years following his admission as a freeman, for he advertised as late as October 23, 1766.
Born in Paris in the 19th century. Son of Antoine-Louis Barye.
Antoine-Louis Barye, the famous French animal sculptor and painter, has often been perceived as a link between Romanticism and the Barbizon School of art. Born the son of a jeweler in Paris in 1796, he was apprenticed at thirteen to an engraver of military equipment, then to a jeweler, but at the age of sixteen, was conscripted to the map department during Napoleon's last military venture. While serving in the National Guard, he met a sculptor who encouraged him in his artistic aspirations. As a ...
Two artists in particular dominated the later period of the Hudson River School : Frederic Church and Albert Bierstadt. While their styles had certain similarities and their work was equally popular, they represented different aspects of the American persona. Church came from a wealthy family and represented an emerging American aristocracy. Bierstadt, on the other hand, exemplified the American ideal: the immigrant who came to America and became a self-made success. Though born in Prussia in 1830, Bierstadt arrived in America when only...