John L. Krimmel. "Home Scene-With Presents/ Returned From Market".
New York: W.H. Bidwell, ca. 1844-50. Mezzotint, with engraving, by John Sartain. 9 1/2 x 13 3/4. Excellent condition. Naeve, John Lewis Krimmel, #112. First state. Framed.
A rare and wonderful American genre print issued around the middle of the nineteenth century. The image was based on a painting by John L. Krimmel (1785-1821), a native of Germany who came to the United States in 1810 and settled in Philadelphia. Krimmel painted portraits and miniatures, but he is particularly well known for his good-natured and elaborate street and domestic scenes. Named by many as the first American genre painter, Krimmel is noted today for his masterful sense of composition and keen portrayal of personalities.