(1648 - 1681)
John Foster was active/lived in Massachusetts. John Foster is known for wood-block engravings, naive portrait paintings.
Biography John Foster
Wood block engraver and printer, John Foster was a native of Dorchester, Massachusetts. He attended Harvard and graduated in 1667. He then taught English grammar, writing, and Latin in Dorchester. He began printing and engraving, producing the earliest known portrait print made in America, a woodcut engraving of Rev. Richard Mather in 1670, which was used for the The Life and Death of That Reverend Man of God, Mr. Richard Mather (Cambridge, MA, 1670). Other known woodcuts include the Seal of the Colony, published in General Laws and Liberties of the Massachusetts Colony, 1672; and a map of New England. By 1675 Foster had established himself as Boston's pioneer printer.
It is believed that Foster may have painted portraits, although
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