Alexander Anderson (illustrator)

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Self-portrait of Alexander Anderson at age 81

Dr Alexander Anderson (April 21, 1775 – January 17, 1870) was an American illustrator.[1]


Anderson was born in New York City to Scottish parents.[2] "At the age of twelve years he made his first attempts at engraving on copper, frequently using pennies rolled out, and on type-metal plates. He received no instruction, and his knowledge was acquired by watching jewelers and other workmen." He is one of the earliest American wood-engravers. He produced works for books, periodicals, and newspapers. Anderson is the author of the cartoon Ograbme, a spoof on the Embargo Act of 1807.[citation needed]

Anderson was also a contemporary of Thomas Bewick, and published his first work in Arnaud Bernaud's "The Looking Glass of the Mind" in 1794.

Anderson died in 1870, at the age of 94.


  1. ^ Alexander Anderson | People | Collection of Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Kelly, Howard A.; Burrage, Walter L., eds. (1920). "Anderson, Alexander". American Medical Biographies. Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Company. 


  • Oak Knoll Press, New Castle DE 19720 & American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA 01609
  • Pomeroy, Jane R. (2005). Alexander Anderson, 1775-1870, Wood Engraver and Illustrator, an Annotated Bibliography. New Castle, DE and Worcester, MA: Oak Knoll Press and the American Antiquarian Society. 
  • Pomeroy, Jane R. (2014). Alexander Anderson's New York City Diary, 1793 TO 1799. New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press and American Antiquarian Society. 

External links

  • The works of Alexander Anderson at the NYPL Digital Gallery
  • The Alexander Anderson Print Collection at the New-York Historical Society

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