|Collection||Kate Strong Historical Library|
|Dates of Creation||18??/??/??|
|Scope & Content||
From his earliest days he was a great admirer of art & nature in every form. On one occasion when quite a boy, he went with his Aunt Mrs. John S. Mount who had business with Mr. Metcalf, portrait painter, there established in New York City. Young Mount lingered so long and was so attracted with the portraits in every state of progress in the studio that Metcalf was most anxious to take a disciple. Shepard had often told the visitor how happy he was that day. He was later to part, at the age of seventeen, his mother. His Uncle Micah Hawkins (author of the song, "Back Side of Albany" and the first opera written in this country, " The Saw Mill" which was performed several times) ____) advised Shepard's mother to send him _James Brewster of New haven Con. To learn the art of carriage making. He was accordingly sent. He served his time forth_ly & Mr. Brewster pronounced him one of the best workmen in the States. Mr. Mount was the _& originator of the first light wagons at the time & Mr. Brewster placed them on the stand & were sold in a few days. At the same time a Mr. D.A. Woo__, a noble friend of the artist was with Mr. Brewster.
A year or so after Mr. Brewster established a branch carriage manufactory in Broad street, N.Y. City. Mr. Mount continued with him a short time and during that period he practiced drawing evenings with his brothers, H. Mount & Wm. S. Mount (are early members of the Academy) at the residence of the former & progressed so rapidly that he was soon able to leave the drawing knife & take up the palette and brushes. S.A. Mount, like his brother Wm. Painted portraits at the residences of those who desired to __themselves duplicated at their own homes both in town & country. As a painter it is a fine trait of character that some artists acknowledge the _______of others.
|Notes||It seems to be a draft of the obituary that appeared in the Evening Post - see KS13638|
|Credit line||Bequest of Ward Melville, 1977.|