Elbridge Kingsley was born in Carthage, Ohio in 1841. While still an infant his parents moved to Hatfield, Massachusetts, where Kingsley was raised on a farm. He became interested in drawing while apprenticing at a newspaper in Northampton, Massachusetts. He moved to New York City and became interested in wood engraving through Scribner's Magazine and soon became an engraver there himself, interpreting the work of such American artists as George Inness and Albert Pinkham Ryder. He studied drawing for a short time at the Cooper Institute School of Art to enhance his engraving skills. Kingsley soon established himself as an original wood engraver and had his own outdoor compositions published. He joined the Society of American Wood Engravers and established his own school of engraving in New York City in 1880. He was awarded a gold medal at the Paris Exposition of 1889, a medal at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893, and a gold medal at the Mid-Winter Expostion in California in 1894.
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