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Elias Vogler

Artist/Maker:
Vogler, Elias Alexander
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1850
Medium:
watercolor on ivory –wood, glass
Dimensions:
WOA: 1 5/8; LOA: 2
Accession Number:
4538.1
Description:
Miniature picture on ivory. 3/4 portrait of a man, sitting slightly angled. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He has a small, full beard covering his entire chin. The hair atop his head is curly. The man is wearing a white shirt, yellow vest, gray jacket, and a yellow and blue bow tie. The background behind the man is stippled a pale blue. Housed in an oval wooden frame ca. 1850.

Elias Alexander Vogler (1825-1878), son of silversmith John Vogler, was a talented artist himself. Elias was born in Salem but traveled to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, at the age of fourteen to study at the prestigious Moravian boys’ school, Nazareth Hall. There he perfected his drawing and painting skills. It was in Pennsylvania that he learned the art of miniature painting.

Once he returned to Salem, Elias worked at various times as a silversmith, architect, sign painter, cartographer, and he owned a retail shop. The miniatures he painted survive as a testament to his skill at capturing likenesses.

History:
Elias Alexander Vogler (1825-1878), son of silversmith John Vogler, was a talented artist himself. Elias was born in Salem but traveled to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, at the age of fourteen to study at the prestigious Moravian boys’ school, Nazareth Hall. There he perfected his drawing and painting skills. Although we do not know exactly who taught Elias Vogler the art of miniature painting, in a letter written by Francis Shober from Salem to his brother Charkes Shober (in Bethlehem,PA), Francis writes, “Louisa is getting taken in a different way (painted) by Elias Vogler who learned it under a certain person who was here.” (March 1, 1844, letter filed with Shober Papers)
Once he returned to Salem, Elias worked at various times as a silversmith, architect, sign painter, cartographer, and he owned a retail shop. The miniatures he painted survive as a testament to his skill at capturing likenesses.
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. Frank L. Horton