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Francis “Frank” Henry Temple Bellew (1828-1888)

Frank Henry Temple Bellew (1828-1888)

Francis “Frank” Henry Temple Bellew (1828-1888)
American Golden age illustrator & caricaturist ;
Frank Bellew ; F. H. T. Bellew ; F.H.T. Bellew ; F. H. Temple Bellew ; Frank Belew ;
[Born April 18, 1828 in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India – died June 29, 1888 in Long Island, NY]


FAD record control number: 27629

Record level: Person

Record type: Artist


Francis “Frank” Henry Temple Bellew (1828-1888) biography:

Birth: April 18, 1828 in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India ;
Death: June 29, 1888 in Long Island, NY at the home of his daughter after being ill for several months in bed ;
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: White ;
Aries ;

Known for: illustration ;
Medium: pen and ink ;
Technique: drawing ;

Areas: Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India (1828-1850) ; France (1850) ; England (1850, 1851-1853, 1860) ; Scotland (1851) ; New York, NY (1853, 1854-1860, 1861-1888) ; Chicago, IL (1854) ;
Region: Far East (India) ; Europe ; North East ;
Father: Captain Francis-John Temple (disinherted relation of Lord Bellew of Ireland) ;
Mother: Anne Smoult Temple, English woman not approved by Lord Bellew ;
Children: Frank “Chip” P W Bellew (1862-1894), son, also an illustrator ; [unknown] (ca.1827- ), daughter ;

Training: Schooling in France ;
Work: originally worked as an architect in London, England (1850) ; Punch magazine, London, England ; Harper’s Weekly, New York, NY ; Yankee Notions ; The Lantern ; New York Picayune ; Nick-Nax ; Vanity Fair ; Harper’s Monthly ; New York Illustrated NewsPfaff’s ; Harper’s Young Folks ; St. NicholasScribner’s Monthly ; T. B. Gunn’s Physiology of the New York Boarding-House (1857) ; John T. Irving’s The Attorney (1853) ; “My Mural Chum” and “The Lonely Grave”, poetry ; A Cockney in the Highlands by Bellew (1851) ;


Exhibited with: Salmagundi Club, New York, NY ;

Milestones: Wrote book The Art of Amusing, 1866 ; Nicknamed ‘The triangle’ ; First cartoonist to ever draw of Uncle Sam which appeared with the caption “Raising the wind” in the New York Lantern newspaper, March 13, 1852 ; Uncle Sam drawing based on Samuel Wilson, a US Army inspector of provisions ; Close friend & roommate of Fitz James O’Brien, writer and friend of Thomas Nas, cartoonist ; Father disinherited him due to his choice of mate for marriage ; Logo/signature is a ‘B’ in the middle of a triangle ;



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Original compiled and researched document by the Fine Art Database, 266 West 21st Street, New York, NY.

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Record birth date:
April 29, 2018


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