Charles Burt Language Watch Edit This article includes a list of general references but it remains largely unverified because it lacks sufficient corresponding inline citations Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations October 2014 Learn how and when to remove this template message Charles Kennedy Burt 8 November 1823 25 March 1892 was a Scottish born American artist known for line engraving Life Edit Burt engraved Abraham Lincoln s face for the 100 bill later used on the 5 He was born in Edinburgh Scotland 8 November 1823 to Charles and Jessie Kennedy Burt 1 He showed a gift for drawing at a young age At the age of 17 he won the student contest for best drawing of the Eddystone lighthouse drawn from a verbal description this work was apparently hanging in the halls of Edinburgh high school for many years 2 While still in Scotland he was apprenticed to William Home Lizars He emigrated to New York City in 1836 and went to work for Alexander L Dick Under his employ Burt illustrated many books and engraved a number of portraits Most of this work during this time is untraceable as it was all published under Dick s name It is widely assumed that the engraving of Leonardo s Last Supper is Burt s handiwork 3 This engraving printed by Alexander L Dick is widely believed to be the work of Charles Burt As a member of the American Art Union Burt engraved several signed larger plates including Sir Walter Raleigh Parting with his Wife after Emanuel Leutze 1846 The Signing of the Death Warrant of Lady Jane Grey after Daniel Huntington 1848 Anne Page Slender and Shallow after Charles Robert Leslie 1850 Bargaining for a Horse after William Sidney Mount 1851 and Marion Crossing the Pedee after William Tylee Ranney 1851 4 However it was as one of the principal engravers for the U S Treasury Department that Burt is most remembered He engraved Lincoln s portrait for the 100 bill in 1869 This image remained on other large notes until 1928 when currency was reduced to the smaller size in use today Lincoln s portrait remained on the 5 bill until 2000 5 After 1850 Burt s focus was mainly on banknote engraving which he was to do for over thirty years on behalf of the U S Treasury He also engraved plates for postage stamps for Canada Brazil Italy Russia and Chile among others 2 Burt was married on 3 June 1844 in Rockaway New Jersey to Margaret daughter of Thomas Sargeant He lived most of his life in Brooklyn and died there on 25 March 1892 survived by his wife one son and seven daughters 2 References Edit National Cyclopedia of American Biography J T White US 1904 1904 p 386 a b c National Cyclopedia of American Biography J T White 1904 1904 p 386 Barnaby Paul The Walter Scott Digital Archive The Walter Scott Digital Archive Edinburgh University Library Burt Alice 1 April 1893 Catalogue of Line Engravings Etchings and Original Drawings by Charles Burt dec d Brooklyn NY Burt Estate Picturing President Lincoln Exhibit US Department of Treasury Bureau of Engraving and Printing US Gov Archived from the original on 27 October 2014 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Charles Burt amp oldid 1027887285, wikipedia, wiki, book,


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