Copperplate and wood engraver, miniaturist, caricaturist and designer, James Akin was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1773. His earliest work as an engraver appeared in Drayton’s “Views of South Carolina” published in Charleston, South Carolina in 1802.
Akin worked in Salem, Massachusetts before returning to Philadelphia where he engraved bookplates and drew caricatures. Akin also published prints in collaboration with William Harrison Jr. and exhibited at the Philadelphia Academy.
His supposed wife, known only as Mrs. Akin (b. 1780), engraved membership certificates and worked in Newburyport, Massachusetts in 1806-08.