Albert W. Barker
Albert Barker was born on June 1, 1874 in Chicago, Illinois. His first formal education was at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1890. His preference was for charcoal drawing, and the medium suited him, as he was partially colorblind. Barker was an instructor at the School of Industrial Art in Philadelphia from 1903 to 1913. In 1921 he received a Ph.D. in Greek archaeology, a passion of his.
Barker became interested in printmaking- first trying his hand at etching, but he was not happy with the technique. In 1926, he began collecting nineteenth-century French lithographs and producing his own. Lithography suited his drawing style and he produced a number of remarkable images. His favorite subjects were the farms and craftsmen working in rural Pennsylvania. He studied with Bolton Brown, the master lithographer of the day, and wrote essays and articles on the technique of lithography. Many of his images come from his own farm in Rose Valley. Barker died on December 5, 1947.