Biografie von Fred PANSING (1854-1912)

Birth place: Bremen, Germany

Death place: Jersey City, NJ

Profession: Marine painter, lithographer, photographer

Studied: possibly inspired by James Bard, a neighbor in NYC; Hoboken Sketch Club, 1872

Member: Hoboken Sketch Club; NJ Arts Club

Work: Mariners' Mus.; Mystic Seaport Mus.; Peabody Mus., Salem.

Comments: He came to NYC as a child, c.1865; by 1870 he was a sailor, sailing widely for five years. In 1872, he married and settled in Hoboken, NJ; then in Jersey City, 1890. He produced many ship portraits, which were published as chromolithographs for postcards, picture puzzles, sheet music, and prints; and he produced marine illustrations for Harper"s Weekly. He also collaborated with Charles Parsons and Milton Burns. Most of his lithographs were made by Knapp & Co. and American Lithographic Co. In 1912, he produced his best-known series of ship portraits, being eighteen paintings of the fleet of the Nantasket Beach Steamboat Co.

Sources: A.J. Peluso, article, Maine Antique Digest (April, 1985, 24D)

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