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William Spohn Baker


Born and died in Philadelphia. Practiced the profession of conveyancing and retired in 1860. Served as director of the Philadelphia school of design for women 1874 to 1887 and director of the Pennsylvania academy of fine arts 1876 to 1890.

Author of The Engraved Portraits of Washington With Notices of the Original and Brief Biographical Sketches of the Painters in 1880. Author of Medalic Portraits of Washington in 1885, reprinted in 1965.


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