Henry Mosler Chromolithograph of Young Lady


Henry Mosler.  [Young lady cleaning door].  Cincinnati: Ehrgott, & Krebs, ca. 1869.  Chromolithograph.  20 x 15 1/2.  Mounted on board, as issued, and in original frame by J. Jay Gould, Boston.  Very good condition.


An original antique print showing a young lady cleaning a door by Henry Mosler, published by Ehrgott & Krebs.  The predecessor firm, Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co., established their lithographic business in Philadelphia in 1856 and became one of the mid-west’s most important print publishers, especially during the Civil War years.  In 1869, Adolphus Forbriger died, and Peter Ehrgott was joined by Adolph K. Krebs to form Ehrgott & Krebs.  This firm issued frameable chromolithographs, intended to provide attractive “art” for middle-class families.

Henry Mosler (1841-1920) was a noted American artist who emigrated from Silesia when he was 8 years old.  He started his artistic career drawing for the comic newspaper Omnibus and then worked as an artist for Harper’s Weekly during the Civil War.  After the war he studied in Dusseldorf, lived and worked in Cincinnati, Paris and New York City. His paintings are held in numerous museums around the world.  This is a fine example of his work.