Die Proof Vignette on india on card, “Mercury” by William Rice 1860
Alfred Jones engraving, after a sketch by John W. Casilear, entitled Mercury.
Born in New York, John William Casilear was the son of John and Rebecca (Stevens) Casilear. He began his career as an apprentice to the engraver Peter Maverick and later studied with Asher B. Durand. Casilear and Durand became close friends, and in 1840, about the time the portrait was painted, they traveled together to Europe with two other landscape painters, John F. Kensett and Thomas Rossiter, to study the work of the old masters.