Title: Rufus Porter: Yankee Pioneer.
Publisher: Clarkson N. Potter, New York
Publication Date: 1968
Edition: First Printing of the First Edition
A Near Fine copy in a Near Fine dust jacket with light edge wear. Rufus Porter, 1792 - 1884, was an itinerent American painter and traveler; he would travel by coach and on foot, painting portraits throughout New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. He became a prolific muralist between 1825 and 1845, decorating some 160 houses and inns in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and as far south as Virginia. From simple silhouettes to scenes of entire towns or harbors, Porter spread his art throughout New England. His murals were generally executed in a large scale on dry plaster walls by a combination of freehand painting and stenciling. Porter was a prolific inventor and in 1845 he founded the Scientific American magazine. ; H would go on to build a portable camera obscura that let him make silhouette portraits in less than 15 minutes. He experimented with a wind-powered gristmill, a washing machine, a corn sheller, a fire alarm, a rope-making machine, and a camera. He invented clocks, railway signals, churns, a distance measuring appliance, a horsepower mechanism, a churn, a life preserver, a cheese press, and a revolving rifle. Typical of his inability to capitalize on his genius, he sold the rights to the revolving rifle to Samuel Colt for $100, and the design was permanently shelved.This volume chronicles his extraordinary life, inventions, travels and art work and is illustrated with 22 color plates and 102 in black & white. Catalog Juniper. Bookseller Inventory # 22985
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