Wednesday, July 31, 2013

John Lewis Krimmel Paintings of Everyday Life Around Philadelphia 1810-1820


John Lewis Krimmel (German-born American artist, 1786-1821) 4th of July 1819 in Philadelphia


One of the early artists who was attracted to painting 4th of July celebrations was immigrant John Lewis Krimmel. He was born in Ebingen, Wurtemberg, Germany, in 1787, and accidently drowned near Germantown, Pennsylvania, in July of 1821. He came to Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence had been debated & signed, in 1809, to engage in business with his brother but soon abandoned the business to concentrate on his art.

He began his art career painting portraits, but a copy of Wilkie's "Blind Fiddler" caught his attention; & he turned to humorous subjects and genre painting. Krimmel gathered information for his paintings in the American countryside around Philadelphia by observing local habits, rituals, & ceremonies, so even though he took most of his compositional formats from British prints made after paintings by the satirical artists William Hogarth & David Wilkie, his subject matter was familiar to his potential audience at the Pennsylvania Academy. He also painted more serious historical pictures, & at the time of his death he had received a commission to paint a large canvas on the landing of William Penn. Krimmel was president of the Society of American artists.


John Lewis Krimmel (German-born American artist, 1786-1821) Barroom Dancing 1820


John Lewis Krimmel (German-born American artist, 1786-1821) Portrait of Jacob Ritter Sr.


John Lewis Krimmel (German-born American artist, 1786-1821) Black Sawyers Working in Front ot the Bank of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


John Lewis Krimmel (German-born American artist, 1786-1821) Blind Man's Bluff


John Lewis Krimmel (German-born American artist, 1786-1821) Country Wedding 1820


John Lewis Krimmel (German-born American artist, 1786-1821) Fourth of July in Centre Square Philadelphia, 1812


John Lewis Krimmel (German-born American artist, 1786-1821) In an American Inn 1814


John Lewis Krimmel (German-born American artist, 1786-1821) Members of the City Troup and other Philadelphia Soldiery


John Lewis Krimmel (German-born American artist, 1786-1821) Merrymaking at a Wayside Inn


John Lewis Krimmel (German-born American artist, 1786-1821) Nightlife in Philadelphia - An Oyster Barrow in front of the Chestnut Street Theater


John Lewis Krimmel (German-born American artist, 1786-1821) Pepper-Pot Woman at the Philadelphia Market. 1811


John Lewis Krimmel (German-born American artist, 1786-1821) Philadelphia Election Day 1815


John Lewis Krimmel (German-born American artist, 1786-1821) Sunday Morning in front of the Arch Street Meeting House in Philadelphia


John Lewis Krimmel (German-born American artist, 1786-1821) The Sleighing Frolic


John Lewis Krimmel (German-born American artist, 1786-1821) Young Girl With A Blue Dress


John Lewis Krimmel (German-born American artist, 1786-1821) The VillageTavern


John Lewis Krimmel (German-born American artist, 1786-1821) Wordly Folk Questioning Chimney Sweeps and Their Master Before Christ Church in Philadelphia 1811-13


John Lewis Krimmel (German American arttist, 1786-1821) The Quilting Frolic 1813

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