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The Sauratown Mountains from Col. Moore’s

Artist/Maker:
Vogler, Elias Alexander
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1845-1855
Medium:
watercolor on ivory –wood
Dimensions:
WOA 3 1/4; LOA 3 5/8
Accession Number:
3215.2
Description:
Watercolor on ivory miniature scene of house with farm vehicle, trees and cropland in foreground, mountain in background. Painted in an elongated oval with black border. The title “The Sarratown Mountains from Col. Moore’s…” is written below the scene. Original black painted wood frame.

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.