John white alexander 7 october 1856 31 may 1915 was an american portrait figure and decorative painter and illustrator early life alexander was born in allegheny pennsylvania now a part of pittsburgh pennsylvania orphaned in infancy he was reared by his grandparents and at the age of 12 became a telegraph boy in pittsburgh edward j allen became an early supporter and patron . John white alexander a native of allegheny city pennsylvania worked as an illustrator in harper and brothers in his youth just as winslow homer had done a decade before. John white alexander pennsylvania 7 october 1856 31 may 1915 new york city born in allegheny pennsylvania in 1856 and as a young man he worked as a telegraph messenger before it was learned that he was a talented illustrator. John white alexander 1856 1915 american artist helen ohara the dawning of the day. John white alexander one of the most fashionable american artists of the victorian era is known for gracefully painting female figures on canvas
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