Artists (B) (American Collection)
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.
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...
Born in Amsterdam, Holland, Jacob emigrated with his parents to New York in 1659. He was admitted as a member of the Dutch Church in 1676 and three years later married Katharina Klock. Boelen's name appears a number of times on the City records, showing that from 1685 to 1694 he was assessor for the North Ward in New York City and was elected alderman of that same ward in 1695, and again in 1697. He was admitted as a freeman on July 19, 1698,...