biography of Lewis FAIRCHILD (1801-?)

Birth place: Farmington, CT

Profession: Engraver and miniature painter

Studied: Asaph Willard at New Haven

Comments: After studying engraving with Asaph Willard (see entry), he worked as draftsman with the Hartford Graphic & Bank Note Co. At about the same time, in the early 1820's, he did some miniature painting. He left Hartford and went to Providence (RI) between 1828 and 1838 and remained in Providence until about 1855. Sometime during this period he also did some engraving on wood and copper for Joseph Knowles of Boston. In 1880 Fairchild was described as late of this city [Boston]."

Sources: G&W; French, Art and Artists of Connecticut, 66; Stauffer; American Art Review, I (1880), 455; Hartford Pocket Register, 1825; Hartford CD 1828; Providence CD 1838-54; Sherman, "American Miniaturists of the Early 19th Century," repro.; Bolton, Miniature Painters.