- Birch, William Russell, 1755-1834
- Call number
- MssCol 307
- Preferred Citation
- The life of William Russell Birch, enamel painter, written by himself : with a list of his copys [sic] on enamel (by desire) from the pencil of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the master he studied under, with a short detail upon enamel painting [typescript], Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library
- Manuscripts and Archives Division
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.
William Russell Birch was a miniaturist, enamel painter, engraver, and etcher. Born in Warwickshire, England, in 1755, he emigrated to Philadelphia in 1794, and there he died in 1834. His sons Thomas and George were also artists. William and Thomas worked together for a short while and printed a series of engravings entitled Views of Philadelphia. William later published another series entitled Country Seats of America. A typescript of an autobiography of William Russell Birch, along with information about enamel painting and a list of enamel paintings which he had executed.
Using the collection
LocationManuscripts and Archives Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788
Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328
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Location of originals
Originals belong to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania