John Ross Key
(1837 - 1920)
John Ross Key was active/lived in Maryland, District Of Columbia. John Key is known for landscape and historical painting, illustration.
Biography John Ross Key
Ross Key was the grandson of Francis Scott Key, author of the Star
Spangled Banner. He was born in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1832*, and
raised in Washington, D.C. Key was a draftsman with the United States
Coast Survey from 1853 to 1856, serving with Gilbert Munger (1837-1903)
and James Abbot McNeill Whistler (1834-1903).
He served with the
Federal Corp of Engineers in Charleston, South Carolina, and made an
artistic record of the Federal siege of that Confederate city in 1863.
Immediately after the war Key worked in New York City (1866), and then in Baltimore
(1867-1868) and later Boston (1878). In the late 1860's and early
1870's Key was in Northern California. In 1869 he moved to San
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