Bowser, David Bustill

David Bustill Bowser (1820-1900)

Prominent artist

Former Home Address: 841 N. 4th Street

David Bowser was a self-taught African-American artist who began his career as a sign painter in Philadelphia. His early paintings included landscapes, portraits, emblems and banners for local organizations, such as a firemen's group. His most noted works include portraits of President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist John Brown. Bowser was actively involved in the antislavery movement and during the Civil War designed regimental flags for the Union's colored troops.

(From: Blockson, Charles L. Philadelphia's Guide: African-American State Historical Markers. Philadelphia: Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection / William Penn Foundation, 1992.)