Abel Bowen

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Abel Bowen (1790-1850) was an engraver, publisher, and author in early 19th-century Boston, Massachusetts.


Bowen was born in New York in 1790.[1] Arriving in Boston in 1812, he worked as a printer for the Columbian Museum, at the time under the proprietorship of his uncle, Daniel Bowen.[2] In 1814 Abel married Eliza Healey of Hudson, New York.[3] Their children included Abel Bowen (d.1818).[4]

With W.S. Pendleton he formed the firm of Pendleton & Bowen, which ended in 1826.[5] He joined the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association in 1828.[6] In the 1830s Bowen and others formed the Boston Bewick Company, which published the American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge. He lived and worked in Congress Square, ca.1823-1826;[7] in 1832 he kept his shop on Water Street, and lived on Union Street;[8] in 1849 he worked on School Street, and lived in Chelsea.[9]

Bowen taught Joseph Andrews, Hammatt Billings, George Loring Brown, B.F. Childs, William Croome, Nathaniel Dearborn, G. Thomas Devereaux, Alonzo Hartwell, Samuel Smith Kilburn, and Richard P. Mallory.[10][11] Contemporaries included William Hoogland.[12] His siblings included publisher Henry Bowen.

Works by Bowen[edit]



  1. ^ Walter Hamilton. Dated book-plates (Ex libris) with a treatise on their origin and development. 1895.
  2. ^ Loyd Haberly (1959). "The Long Life of Daniel Bowen". New England Quarterly. 32: 320–332. doi:10.2307/362826. 
  3. ^ Boston Gazette, July 21, 1814 
  4. ^ Columbian Centinel, Sep 30, 1818 
  5. ^ Boston News-Letter, Feb 4, 1826 
  6. ^ Annals of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association. 1853.
  7. ^ Boston Directory. 1823. 
  8. ^ Boston Directory. 1832. 
  9. ^ Boston Directory. 1849. 
  10. ^ Frank Weitenkampf (1912). American Graphic Art. H. Holt and Company. 
  11. ^ Potter's American Monthly, 1873 
  12. ^ "Miniature portraits of the Marquis Lafayette", Boston Commercial Gazette, Aug 23, 1824 

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