Bannerman's personal record – kept as a scrap book – of his accomplished work seemingly encompassing his entire working life in Baltimore. The album consists of mounted examples ranging from book illustrations, commercial labels, cards, steel engravings, woodcuts, printed ribbons, an occasional typeface sample, and proof copies. The examples are mounted to the pages of the notebook in random fashion. Most are identified with Bannerman's name in the illustration. There are also a small number of original drawings and watercolors. Additionally, the volume contains drawings and several proofs of engravings by Bannerman's son John B. Bannerman. The volume also includes a sample page of an entirely engraved, illustrated writing manual, which appears to be unknown.
William W. Bannerman, engraver, William Bannerman was a partner in the Baltimore firm of Medairy & Bannerman c. 1827-31; he appears to have worked on his own in Baltimore after that, his best known work being a series of engraved portraits of American statesmen for the U. S. Magazine and Democratic Review, 1840-45. Bannerman died about 1845/45, leaving his widow, who kept a fancy and household goods store for some years, and a son John B. Bannerman, who carried on the engraving business at the same address. Baltimore City Directories 1827-51; Stauffer, I, 14." Groce-Wallace, Dictionary of Artists in America 1564-1860, p. 26-27
"John B. Bannerman, engraver, probably the son of William W. Bannerman, engraver of Baltimore. He was working in Baltimore 1849-53 and in San Francisco 1856-60. Baltimore Business Directory 1849, 1851, 1853; San Francisco Business Directory and City Directory, 1856, 1858-60." Groce-Wallace, p. 26" (Inventory #: 30840)