Artists (D) (American Collection)
Considered perhaps the greatest of the New York silversmiths, Peter Van Dyck was a New Yorker by birth and probably learned the craft from Bartholomew Le Roux, whose daughter, Rachel, Van Dyck married in 1711 (he later married Cornelia Van Varick). Peter Van Dyck was appointed a constable of the East Ward in 1708 and later served as assessor of the City of New York in 1730. Van Dyck was an active participant in the factious strife which kept New York in a...
When Alexander Dzigurski was born on February 1, 1911, it was into a land already stained by conflict and entering a period of even greater adversity. An ethnic Serb, Dzigurski was born in the region of Backa, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Some miles to the south was the newly independent principality of Serbia. The kingdom of Serbia had originally been established in 1166, but after its defeat at the Battle of Kosovo in 1389 became part of the Ottoman Empire for the next...