The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Alexander Wilson Drake, 1843-1916

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1843
Place of Birth: Westfield, NJ
Date of Death: 1916
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Alexander Wilson Drake, engraver, was the son of Isaac and Charlotte (Osborn) Drake.


He studied wood engraving under John W. Orr, and under William Howland; and drawing under August Will, at the Cooper Union, and at the National Academy of Design in New York. He was a teacher of drawing at Cooper Union. He had his own wood engraving business in New York from 1865 to 1870.

In 1870 he accepted the position of art editor of Scribner's Monthly, which in 1881 became the Century Magazine. As such he was in touch with Whistler. The Century papers are in New York Public Library.

Drake organized the Bartholdi loan association which raised the money to build the pedestal for the statue of Liberty in New York harbor. He was a writer, illustrator, a member of the Century Association, the Players' and Grolier clubs, the Architectural League, the Municipal Art League of New York, and the Caxton Club of Chicago, IL.

Bibliography: (accessed 2004.06); New York Public Library on-line catalogue at (accessed 2005).