Category Archives: Engravers

Thomas Richard Whitney

1841-1842       50½ Main Street, Corner Pine Street, St. Louis, Missouri.

Thomas Richard Whitney was recorded in one advertisement that appeared on July 13, 1842 in the St. Louis Daily New Era (St. Louis, Missouri).  The date of the advertisement found at the end of the advertisement is November 3, [1841].  Engraving And Daguerreotype.  Office, 50½ Main street, corner of Pine, up stairs.   The subscriber having taken rooms at the above place, would respectfully inform the citizens of St. Louis, that he is prepared to execute Engraving in all its various branches; as also, Miniatures of the most perfect kind, by the Daguerreotype, with its recent improvements.  Having been a practical engraver for more than twenty years in the city of New York, he feels qualified to afford the most perfect satisfaction to all who may favor him with their patronage.  Specimens of Miniatures and Engravings, of his own execution, may be examined at his rooms.  T. R. Whitney, Engraver and Daguerreotype Artist, 50½ Main street, corner of Pine.  nov3.

He was also recorded in The New-York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists In America 1564-1860.  P. 684.  Whitney, Thomas Richard (1807-1858).  Engraver and author, born April 30, 1807 in Norwalk (Conn.)  After his marriage in 1827 he settled in NYC.  In 1930 he published The Young Draftsman’s Companion.  Later he became the editor of The Republic and The Sunday Times, a State Senator (1854-55), Congressman (1855-57), and the author of a volume of poetry.  He died in NYC on April 12, 1858.

Thomas Richard Whitney is recorded in other photographic directories, but I included him because of the information found in The New-York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists In America 1564-1860.

Waters & Tilton

1859                90 Fulton Street, New York, New York.

Waters & Tilton (Charles J. B. Waters.[1] &  Benjamin W. Tilton. [1] ) were recorded in five advertisements.   The first appeared in The New York Herald (New York, New York) on  February 5, 1859.  Great Improvement.  Photographing On Wood.  By Price’s Patent Process, And Wood Engraving.

Wood cuts of all manufactured articles, portraits, landscapes, medical illustrations, buildings, diagrams, envelopes, &c., more accurately executed and at less price than the old method.  Photographs taken in any part of the city.  Waters & Tilton, Photographers and engravers, No. 90 Fulton street, N. Y.

The second advertisement ran from February 16 to 21, 1859 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York).  New Process—Photographing On Wood, By Price’s Patent Process. And Wood Engrating. sic. [Engraving]

Wood Cuts of all manufacturer articles, Carriages, Machinery, Book Illustrations, Portraits, Bill Heads, Envelopes, &c., with greater accuracy and less expense than by hand drawing. 

Photographs taken in any part of the city.  Waters & Tilton, Photographers And Engravers, 90 Fulton street, N. Y.

The third advertisement appeared on July 20, 1859 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  A Great Improvement In Wood Cut Illustrations.  Waters & Tilton, Engravers And Photographers On Wood, By Price’s Patent Process, 90 Fulton Street, New York, Photographing Directly On Wood Blocks And Engraving Therefrom.

The numerous advantages obtained by this process over the old method of hand drawing are perfected accuracy, [cheapness] and [despatch].

Wood cuts of all manufactured articles, portraits, landscapes, building, &c., taken from the originals or from pictures [illustrations].

The fourth advertisement appeared in The New York Herald (New York, New York) on  September 6, 1859.  Wood Engravings At Reduced Cost.—Photographing, by [Price’s] patent, directly on the block of wood, secures a true perspective and perfect outline, desirable in all engravings, but particularly in mechanical representations.  Pictures forwarded by mail magnified or reduced to the size desired with perfect accuracy, by the above process.  Envelopes designed and engraved in an artistic manner.  Waters & Tilton, Photographers on Wood and engravers, 90 Fulton street.

The fifth advertisement appeared in The Evening Post (New York, New York) on September 29, 1859.  Wood Engravings At Reduced Cost.  By our new process of photographing directly on the wood block (by Price’s patent) and engraving them from, a true perspective is the result, desirable in all kinds of engravings, but especially in mechanical representations.  Pictures forward by mail, can by this process be magnified or reduced with perfect accuracy.

Tinted Envelopes designed and engraved with artistic skill.  Waters & Tilton, Photographers On Wood And Engravers, No. 90 Fulton st., New York.

Waters & Tilton are not recorded in other photographic directories.


[1] First names and initials from The New-York Historical Society’s Dictionary Of Artist In America 1564-1860.