John G. Rand

John Goffe Rand (Bedford, New Hampshire, 27 January 1801–Roslyn, New York, 23 January 1873) was an American painter and inventor. He lived and worked in Boston, London, and New York. Rand invented and patented the first collapsible artist's paint tube.

The tin tube allowed unused oil paint to be stored and used complex without freshening out. In 1841, Rand patented the invention bearing in mind the United States Patent Office (Sept 11, 1841 Patent No. 2,252). He went on to patent several progressive improvements. Renoir said “Without tubes of paint, there would have been no Impressionism.”

Other higher inventions by Rand were not as widely received, and most of his ideas were not financially successful.

He was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York.

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