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Catalog Number KSc032751
Collection NY Historical Society
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1868/09
Scope & Content [incomplete 1 page only]
Death of Another Academician
Shepard Alonzo Mount, N. A., elected 1842, departed this life, after a short but painful illness, [ ] at his residence in Stony Brook, Long Island. Mr. Mount was born In Setauket, Suffolk County, the 17th of July, 1804, and consequently was in his sixty-fifth year.
From his earliest youth he was a great admirer of art and nature in every form. On one occasion when quite a boy he went with his Aunt, Mrs. John S. Mount, who had some business with Mr. Metcalf, then located as a portrait painter in the New York City. Young Mount lingered so long, and was so attracted with the portraits in every state of progress, that Mr. Metcalf was most anxious to take him as a pupil. Shepard has often told the writer how happy he was that day, and how loth to leave the artist. At the age of 17 years his mother placed him with Mr. James Brewster, of New Haven, Conn, to learn the carriage making business; he was accordingly sent. He served his time faithfully, and Mr. Brewster pronounced him one of the beat workmen in the States. Mr. Mount was the builder and originator of the first light wagons at that time. Mr. Brewster established a branch of his business In Broad St. N.Y. Mr. Mount continued with him for a short time, and during that period practiced drawing evenings with his brothers, H S. Mount and William S. Mount, at the residence of the former, and early member o~ the National Academy of Design.