John Badger Bachelder (1825-1894)

John Badger Bachelder was a portrait and landscape painter, lithographer, photographer, and historian.

From 1854 to 1863 Bachelder focused on drawing and painting city views, thirty-five of which are known to have been produced as lithographs.  He painted a view of Manchester, NH in 1854 and maintained a studio there until 1856.  All but four of his prints portray places in New England, but he traveled elsewhere as well, drawing several views at Pennsylvania in 1854 including a view of Jersey Shore, PA from the Lycoming County side of the Delaware.  He was in Providence, RI and NYC in 1858, and the following year he painted a picture of the fireman’s muster at Manchester.

Bachelder also painted views of Haverhill, Salem, and Worcester, MA, and Providence, RI.  The final city view drawn by him and published as a lithograph in 1963 shows Gettysburg, PA.

From 1863 to 1865 he was listed as a print publisher at Boston.  After that he devoted most of his time to Civil War related subjects.  His city views are remarkable for their documentary truth to the place recorded.

The New Hampshire Historical Society has an extensive collection of Bachelder’s watercolors of White Mountain scenes.

Hartman K.  Harris
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