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Emanuel Leutze, 1816-1868

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1816
Place of Birth: Germany
Date of Death: 1868
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Emanuel Leutze was a history painter and portraitist.


Born in Germany, Leutze lived in America from the age of nine and later studied with the draughtsman John Rubens Smith (1775-1849). He also studied at the Königliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf where he settled for some years and became known for his history paintings, often on American themes such as Christopher Columbus. He returned to America in 1859 and in the aftermath of the Civil War painted portraits including that of Abraham Lincoln.


'Emanuel (Gottlieb) Leutze,' Groseclose, B., Grove Dictionary of Art Online, (accessed August 2004).