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In the death of John R. Barker,
draughtsman and artist, which occurred February 28, 1884, the office has sustained a serious loss. Mr. Barker was born in Philadelphia, April 19, 1824, and in early life served as passed midshipman in the Navy. Resigning to enter upon civil pursuits, he cultivated his taste for the arts, and in 1873, having entered the service of the Coast Survey, was assigned to duty in making the views required for the Coast Pilot. The graphic delineations of the approaches to nearly every harbor on the Atlantic coast, and the artistic sketches of prominent headlands and other features which illustrate the volumes of that work are due to his skillful pencil. Some of the finest of his views are those of the Hudson River. About two years before his death, Mr. Barker took up the art of etching, and with great success, many of the views of harbors on the southern coast being from his own etchings. His quickness of perception, skill in execution, and entire devotion to his work cannot easily replaced.

Superintendant's Report, 1884 (?)

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