John Mackie Falconer
The most beloved Civil War song. Both the words and music of the song came from an opera, "Clari", or "The Maid of Milan", which had its debut in London, England, on May 8, 1823. The tune was composed by Henry Bishop (1786-1855), the most famous English composer of the day, but it was the poignant lyrics written by expatriate American author, John Howard Payne, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts (8 June 1792-1 April 1852), died in Tunis, Algeria.
A full member of the New York Etching Club, he was made an honorary member of the National Academy of Design in 1856. He is known for studies of older buildings and ruins. Falconer was a friend of Thomas Cole, Asher Durand, Jasper Francis Cropsey and other artists of the Hudson River School.
His works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the New-York Historical Society; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; and the Columbus (Georgia) Museum.
Close friend and associate of Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand, founding fathers of the Hudson River School, John Mackie Falconer (1820 - 1903), was an important 19th century American artist who helped revive the art of etching in America. Falconer was commissioned for original etchings by the American Art Review, an important art journal which gave the impetus to the revival of etching in the US. Falconer, born in Scotland, began as a painter and watercolorist, and in 1866, dedicated himself to etching, which he pursued for twenty years, etching views of the south, Boston, New York and Brooklyn. Falconer etchings, porcelain works, and a self portrait are in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum. The Brooklyn Historical Society owns a Falconer oil painting of the fireworks and celebrations at the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883. Many of his works are also at the New York Historical Society, including a fine oil painting depicting Thomas Coles' First Studio, Catskill, New York (New York Historical Society).
[Artists of the Nineteenth Century; Biographical Sketches. By Clara Erskine Clement & Laurence Hutton, 1879.]
John Howard Payne, biographical sketch of the author, with a narrative of the removal of his remains from Tunis to Washington (1885), Charles Henry Brainard, (1817-1885).
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