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Stephen Alonzo Schoff (1818-1904) - Historic Engraver
Stephen A. Schoff was my great-great-grandfather. He engraved and etched portraits, illustrations and bank note vignettes, almost always copied from paintings…
Portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne at age thirty-six, etched by S.A. Schoff, after an 1840 portrait painted by Charles Osgood, published in "Nathaniel Hawthorne and his Wife, a Biography", Hawthorne, Julian. (Vol. 2), 1884.
Portrait of a Young Woman, etched by S.A. Schoff, after a painting by Abbott Handerson Thayer, published in "American Art", Koehler, S.R., Cassell & Co., NY, 1886, 7 15/16 x 6 1/2", Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The young woman's parents requested that the etching be published without her name, but we now know her identity: Anne Mumford Palmer.
"Sugaring Off," S.A. Schoff engraver, after T.H. Matteson, published by the American Art-Union, collection of the American Antiquarian Society. The arm of the central figure is different than the painting in the Carnagie Museum, which might mean this was copied from a different version.
Sketch for the State Capitol at Albany (Discoverer), William Morris Hunt, oil and graphite on paperboard mounted on Masonite, 15 x 35 5/8", Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. One of Hunt's many preparatory sketches for the murals he painted in the Albany State House, which were lost due to shoddy construction of the building.