Happy Birthday John Sartain!! The English painter was born today, in 1808. He was also an engraver who trained in London, in the line style. He immigrated to the US where he introduced the country to mezzotints, a form of engraving using a drypoint method to create tones with thousand of tiny dots carefully placed. In addition to painting portraits and miniatures on ivory, he also did illustrations for books and magazines and created plates for bank notes. He was a friend and colleague of Edgar Allen Poe.