Johann Adam Eyer

Johann (sometime John) Adam Eyer (1755–1837) was an American fraktur artist.

Eyer was a native of Bedminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. During his career he taught university in Chester and Lancaster Counties, but by approximately 1786 he had moved like his entire relations to Upper Mount Bethel Township in Northampton County, where he took a point at the Lutheran school. The family moved again in 1801, settling in Hamilton Township, Monroe County; there, at Christ Hamilton Lutheran Church, he became a schoolteacher and a clerk. He never married and remained in Hamilton Township until his death; during his career he taught in Mennonite schools as capably as Lutheran. Eyer was the eldest son of the family, and in this twist presided exceeding the home of his parents. With his brother Ludwig acting as agent, he founded and developed the town of Bloomsburg in 1802. Another brother, Johann Frederick, was a schoolmaster and organist who plus produced fraktur. Eyer was associates as with ease with Andreas Kolb, another fraktur artist and Mennonite minister, with whom he exchanged artworks. In accessory to his teaching activities, he was a well-to-do businessman.

Eyer produced hundreds of pieces of fraktur during his career, initially copying pieces produced by Mennonite or Schwenkfelder artists who created writing samples for their students. These he would fold to make a booklet, with four pages and a cover. Cutting a larger sheet in half lengthwise allowed him to produce a record of musical notation, a talent which he passed on to his pupils as well. Later in sparkle he moreover produced hymnal bookplates, baptismal records, and presentation drawings, as without difficulty as illustrated poems. Also extant is a drawing of a soldier's wedding. The Mennonite Heritage Center owns several of his works. Three works are held by the American Folk Art Museum, while fourteen may be found in the buildup of the Winterthur Museum. Twelve pieces are owned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or have been promised to the museum. Eyer's assistant professor roster photograph album survives and has been translated for publication.

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