Maria Katharina Prestel

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Maria Katharina Prestel
Portrait of Maria Katharina Prestel.jpg
Portrait of Maria Katharina Prestel
by Johann Gottlieb Prestel 1780
Pastel on paper.
Maria Katharina Höll

(1747-07-22)22 July 1747
Nuremberg, Germany
Died16 March 1794(1794-03-16) (aged 46)
London, United Kingdom
Known forPainting, Engraving
Johann Gottlieb Prestel (m. 1769–1786)
Maria Katharina Prestel - Gypsies on a Common

Maria Katharina Prestel (22 July 1747 – 16 March 1794) née Maria Katharina Höll, was an engraver and painter from Nuremberg, and active in London.

Prestel was born in Nuremberg where she became a pupil of Johann Gottlieb Prestel. She married Prestel in 1769 but the couple separated in 1786, at which point she moved to London with her daughter Ursula Magdalena Prestel.[1] There she worked for John Boydell making aquatints.[2] Her painting Gypsies on a Common was included in the 1905 book Women Painters of the World.[3] Prestel died in Greater London.


Prestel's career in London was quite successful and by the time of her death in 1794, she had produced more than seventy three engraving plates after works by German, Italian, and Dutch artists. She was celebrated for her large aquatint landscape prints, through which she skillfully replicated subtle details of romanticized landscape paintings.[4]


Learning engraving and painting techniques from her mother and father, Prestel's daughter, Ursula Magdalena Prestel moved to Brussels to begin her own career as an artist.


  1. ^ "CLARA". Retrieved 2017-03-17.
  2. ^ Maria Catharina Prestel in the British Museum
  3. ^ Women painters of the world, from the time of Caterina Vigri, 1413-1463, to Rosa Bonheur and the present day, by Walter Shaw Sparrow, The Art and Life Library, Hodder & Stoughton, 27 Paternoster Row, London, 1905
  4. ^ "CLARA". Retrieved 2017-03-17.

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