Joseph E. Baker

American , 1837 - 1914

Born in Bangor, Maine in 1837, Joseph Baker settled in Boston where he apprenticed at J.H. Bufford lithography firm in 1857 with Winslow Homer. Baker later became Bufford’s principal draftsman and illustrator of sheet music.

Baker’s widely circulated portrait of Abraham Lincoln established his reputation for portraiture. During the Civil War he produced a number of cartoons and lithographs of military scenes for Bufford. After Bufford’s death, Baker worked for Armstrong & Company, remaining active until 1888. At one time he exhibited with the Boston Art Club.

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