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John Vogler

Artist/Maker:
Vogler, Elias Alexander
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1845
Medium:
watercolor on ivory –wood
Dimensions:
WOA 3 3/4; LOA 4
Accession Number:
3822
Description:
Cardboard glued to ivory and on back of cardboard is another pencil sketch; ring on back for hanging. Wood carved and gilded frame. Frame marked in upper right, “H.F.V. a Paris” on back partially within a wreath. Frame is original. Frontal bust-length portrait of John Vogler. Some paint loss.

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.

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. 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.

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:
Old Salem Museums & Gardens