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PRUD'HOMME, John Francis Eugene, engraver, born on the island of St. Thomas, Wisconsin, 4 October, 1800. His parents were French. The son came to this country in 1807 with his family, who settled in New York in the spring of 1809. When about fourteen years old he turned his attention to engraving, and was a pupil of Thomas Gimbrede, his brother-in-law, but the latter shortly afterward became teacher of drawing at the United States military academy, which left Mr. Prud'homme to pursue his own course. At the age of seventeen he essayed engraving portraits, and produced several fine plates for Longacre and Herring's" National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans." He also engraved some plates for the annuals that were fashionable at that time, notably "Friar Puck," after John G. Chapman; "The Velvet Hat," after Joseph Inskeep; and "Oberon," after a miniature by Miss Anne E. Hall. In 1852 Mr. Prud'homme entered a bank-note engraving establishment in New York, and from 1869 till 1885 he was employed as an ornamental designer and engraver at the bureau of engraving and printing in Washington. He was early elected member of the National academy of design, became academician in 1846, and in 1834-'53 was its curator. Mr. Prud'homme is a tasteful designer, a good draughtsman, and excellent engraver, in the very fine stipple manner introduced by Caroline Watson toward the end of the 18th century. He resides in Georgetown, D. C., and still (1888) pursues his profession. He is the oldest living American engraver.
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