John Forster, Lithographer

(b. about 1825, d. 1900)


From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born about 1825, the third son of Thomas Forster (q.v.). He worked as a lithographer with his brother William (q.v.), and after the latter's departure for America about 1872 he carried on the business until 1891. He reproduced by photography and printed from gelatine plates the "Book of Ballymote" and other Irish manuscripts edited by the late Sir John T. Gilbert. He was an Associate of the Institute of Civil Engineers in Ireland, and lithographed nearly all the plans and drawings for railways constructed during his time; and engraved and published "Forster's Views of Ireland," of which the copperplates still exist. He was given medals for his work in the Cork Exhibition in 1883, and the Artisans' Exhibition in Dublin. He retired from his profession in 1891, and died in 1900.

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