Nathaniel Dearborn (1786-1852) was an engraver in 19th-century Boston, Massachusetts. He was born in New England in 1786 to inventor Benjamin Dearborn; siblings included John M. Dearborn and Fanny Dearborn Hanman. In Boston he learned engraving from Abel Bowen. By 1814 Dearborn worked from quarters on School Street; later moving to Market Street (ca.1823), State Street (ca.1826-1831) and Washington Street (ca.1832-1852). Around 1830, he also gave musical lessons on the flute.
He died November 7, 1852, in South Reading. His son, Nathaniel S. Dearborn, continued as an engraver and printer in Boston, working on Water Street (ca.1847-1851) and School Street (ca.1857-1868). N.S. Dearborn exhibited several printed specimens in the 1850 exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association. His grandson S.B. Dearborn also worked as a printer.
Works by Dearborn
- Views from the Mass. State House, Boston. ca.1838.
- American Textbook for Letters. 1842.
- Boston Notions; an Account of That Village from 1630 to 1847. 1848
- Dearborn's Reminiscences of Boston, and Guide through the City and Environs. 1851
- Dearborn's Guide through Mount Auburn. 1857
- Stauffer. American engravers upon copper and steel. NY: Grolier Club, 1907.
- William R. Lawrence. A history of the Boston Dispensary. 1859.
- Boston Directory. 1823, 1832, 1847, 1851.
- Daily Columbian Centinel, Dec. 15, 1830; cited in Stauffer, 1907.
- Boston Directory. 1847, 1851, 1861, 1868.
- "School Street". Gleasons Pictorial 5. 1853.
- 6th exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association. 1850.
- Illustrated Boston, the metropolis of New England. 1889; p.219.
Triangular Warehouse, Merchants Row. Reminiscences of Boston, 1851
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