John von Wicht was highly trained in fine and applied arts in his native Germany before he immigrated to the United States in 1923. When he was seventeen he apprenticed in a painting and decorating shop, and spent his spare time drawing from nature.
An avid amateur photographer and a leading spokesman for the conservative faction of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia, Dr. Charles L. Mitchell saw little originality in the Pictorialist photographs that were increasingly exhibited in the society's annual Salon.
Mark Lindquist was introduced to the lathe as a young boy by his father, Melvin. He later apprenticed in ceramics and became interested in the simple and graceful designs of Oriental and pre-Christian pottery.
Born July 16, 1877, in Vinton, Iowa. Lived in Washington, D.C., about 1885–1900. Attended school. Was employed as art critic for the Star, 1894–98. Studied at the Corcoran School of Art, 1897–98, and at the Art Students League of Washington. In New York, 1898–1900.