Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Biographical information on Andrew J. Russell

From: "Perry, Shannon" PERRYS@si.edu

I am doing some research on photographer Andrew Joseph Russell, and we are trying to verify his place of birth. Your site lists the birth place as Walpole, New Hampshire - I was hoping you might tell me what your source was for his birth place. ...

Shannon Perry
Permanent Collection Database Administrator
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Chair, Smithsonian Institution Art Collections Information Systems (ArtCIS) Committee


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Smithsonian website has conflicting information:

ARTIST: Andrew Joseph Russell, born Nunda, NY 1830-died New York City 1902

5/24/2011 3:09 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Paul S Martineau" pmart7421@sbcglobal.net

According to FamilySearch.com, he was born 20 March 1829 in Walpole, Cheshire,
New Hampsire.

Paul Martineau
Reno, NV

5/25/2011 6:26 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Chris Graves" caliron@cwnet.com

The answer: Who's who in American Art, Biographies of American Artists Active from 1898-1947. Edited by Peter Hastings Falk, Madison, CT, Sound Wave Press, 1985.

If that not available to you, try Who was Who in American Art, 400 years of artists in America. Second edition, Three volumes, edited by Peter Hastings Falk, Madison, CT, Sound View Press, 1999. What you are looking for is in Vol. 2.

He was born March 20, 1829, Walpole, NH.

—G J Chris Graves

5/25/2011 6:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the great, great, granddaughter of A.J. Russell. Our family records, verified many years ago for DAR purposes indicated he was born in Walpole, NH on 3-20-1829 and died in Brooklyn, NY 9-22-1902. He was burried in Nunda NY. If you need additional information, you may contact me at beth@daveandbethbull.com.
-Beth Bull

6/21/2011 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CORRECTION - AJ died AND was burried in Brooklyn NY. Sorry for any confusion.
-Beth Bull

5/18/2012 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Larry Hersh said...

Interesting note(s) on your behalf.
Where is the cemetery in Brooklyn, NY and the location of his plot?
I think this would be valuable information for those that are willing to produce a documentary about Andrew J Russell.

Larry Hersh
Fernley, NV

5/19/2012 8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Classic Photographically Illustrated Book on the American West

Hayden, Ferdinand V.: Russell, Andrew J., photographer: SUN PICTURES OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN SCENERY, WITH A DESCRIPTION OF THE GEOGRAPHICAL AND GEOLOGICAL FEATURES, AND SOME AC- COUNT OF THE RESOURCES OF THE GREAT WEST; CONTAINING THIRTY PHOTOGRAPHIC VIEWS ALONG THE LINE OF THE PACIFIC RAIL ROAD, FROM OMAHA TO SACRAMENTO. New York: Julius Bien, 1870. viii,150pp. Thirty mounted albumen photographs. Large quarto. Half title. Contemporary three-quarter green morocco and cloth, spine gilt, a.e.g.

This impressive book, one of the standard pieces of photographically illustrated Western Americana, was prepared by the famous geologist, Ferdinand V. Hayden. The photographs, taken by A.J. Russell, appeared in a larger format the previous year in Russell's extremely rare album, The Great West Illustrated. The views, depicting scenes along the line of the Union Pacific Rail Road, are intended to illustrate the geology which can be observed from the train. Despite the title, all the photographs are of locales within the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada (twelve in Wyoming, sixteen in Utah, and two in California). "The pictures have been arranged so as to commence with the first range of mountains west of Cheyenne, and to continue thence to the Salt Lake Valley with
the view that the book may be used as a guide by those who will avail themselves of the grand opportunities for geological study ... " – Hayden.

"In using Russell's photographs as illustrations in Sun Pictures of Rocky Mountain Scenery, geologist Hayden took the long view of history, emphasizing the value of pictures as documents of geological change while professing indifference to the more recent past. For Hayden, the geologic features of the West were like an open book, affording the educated reader the opportunity to understand millions of years of geologic history" – Sandweiss.


Courtesy William Reese Company.

7/12/2021 6:53 AM  

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