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Old August 13th, 2017, 06:37 PM   #11
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The life of John Banvard is the most perfect crystallization of loss imaginable. In the 1850’s, Banvard was the most famous living painter in the world, and possibly the first millionaire artist in history. Acclaimed by millions and by such contemporaries as Dickens, Longfellow, and Queen Victoria, his artistry, wealth, and stature all seemed unassailable. Thirty-five years later, he was laid to rest in a pauper’s grave in a lonely frontier town in the Dakota Territory. His most famous works were destroyed, and an examination of reference books will not turn up a single mention of his name. John Banvard, the greatest artist of his time, has been utterly obliterated by history.


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Old August 13th, 2017, 06:40 PM   #12
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The life of John Banvard is the most perfect crystallization of loss imaginable. In the 1850ís, Banvard was the most famous living painter in the world, and possibly the first millionaire artist in history. Acclaimed by millions and by such contemporaries as Dickens, Longfellow, and Queen Victoria, his artistry, wealth, and stature all seemed unassailable. Thirty-five years later, he was laid to rest in a pauperís grave in a lonely frontier town in the Dakota Territory. His most famous works were destroyed, and an examination of reference books will not turn up a single mention of his name. John Banvard, the greatest artist of his time, has been utterly obliterated by history.


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Thanks Anna.
I got the same result of 'name-lender' using an online translator for 'pret-nom' but on the automatic page translator I used on the French newspaper site it gave the word 'nominee' as a translation of 'prete-nom'.

Nominee has two definitions. One is to do with business, in terms of using someone's name to register a company.Something along those lines.
I thought another possible meaning would be someone who vouched for someone else, someone who lends his name as assurance. In those days sometimes "letters of introduction" helped people move through society or travel.

The first part, "said to be a friend," is very plain.
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Any relation to Rob Linford?
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Nah, Gary.....Robert is to art what potato chips are to haute cuisine.
On the other hand, Banvard believed Gull was the Ripper.
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There's some biographical information on John Banvard in this book:

https://archive.org/stream/interview...ohn+banvard%22
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Old August 13th, 2017, 07:06 PM   #17
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And this one:
https://archive.org/stream/huntwilli...ohn+banvard%22
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Banvard made so much money with his moving panorama that he built a mansion in Long Island, New York which was called "Banvard's folly" and which was modeled after Windsor Castle.

He sounds a bit eccentric?

Handbills advertising Banvard's work of art claimed "3 miles of canvas". Basically this medium was the forerunner of movable scenery in the theater. My first crude thought on this art form is, before there were moving pictures on film, artists did something similar by painting scenes on LONG pieces of canvas which were rolled up and down. DIY film via paint and brush.
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