Artists (D) (American Collection)
The son of Peter and Jeanne Dupuy David, John worked in his father's shop on Second Street and must have carried on the business after his father's death in 1755. In 1722 he advertised in Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette at Second Street, corner of Chestnut, near Draw Bridge. A son, John David, Jr., was also a silversmith in Philadelphia, but did not work with his father, except perhaps as an apprentice.
After Thomas Cole's death, his role as mentor to younger members of the Hudson River School of landscape art fell to Asher Durand. Born in New Jersey in 1796, Durand was five years older than Cole and had already been earning a living as an engraver and painter before Cole's arrival in America . However, once he had seen what Cole was attempting and frequently accomplishing in his work, he became a convert to the same goals. Durand was associated with Cole in the public...