Sir Walter Besant 1890
October 31, 1843|
|Died||January 2, 1907
San Luis Obispo, California
|Known for||Founder of the American Wood Engravers' Society in 1881|
|Notable work||"Rent Day", "Harriet Beecher Stowe", "Abraham Lincoln"|
|Spouse(s)||Clara Kuhn Kruell|
He was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, on October 31, 1843. He studied art under Robert Brendamour. In 1873, at the age of 30, he migrated to the United States to go work in New York City for the leading periodicals. The following year he was joined by his wife Clara Kuhn Kruell (of Stuttgart, Germany) and their two daughters, and sons Gustav born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1869 and Otto born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1871. They settled in East Orange, New Jersey. Gustav, fell under the influence of the famed engraver W.J. Linton.
1893, World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago), (medal)
1889, Paris Exposition
1901, Pan-American Exposition (Buffalo)(silver medal)
1904, Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St Louis), (gold medal)
He died in San Luis Obispo, California, on January 2, 1907.
In 1929, Author Ralph Clifton Smith published a collection of Kruell works called "Gustav Kruell, American portrait engraver on wood".
Currently, the British Museum houses over 12 works by Gustav Kruell; including a self-portrait, a portrait of his own father, as well as portraits of Henry Waldstein, Mr. Kinglake, Auguste Rodin, Wendell Phillips Garrison, James Russell Lowell, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and scenes like; "A Fishmarket in Venice", "The Flight of Night", "The Discoverer".
- "Gustav Kruell". The New York Times. January 4, 1907.
- "Wood Engravings by Kruell". The New York Times. April 25, 1895.
- Gilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "Kruell, Gustav". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
- Exhibition of the Society of American Wood-Engravers (1890). Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son
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