Survey artist, painter. Born in Germany. When Congress authorized a survey of a possible railroad route connecting the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast, Koppel was engaged as the official artist and civil engineer for the California portion of the expedition. The party sailed from New York and arrived in San Francisco in 1853. The survey began in Benicia and ended in San Diego with reports, filling 12 volumes, which credit Koppel with 21 full-page lithographs and 26 wood cuts. He is best
known for his 1853 view of Los Angeles which was published in volume 5, part 1. The only other known work by this artist is a portrait in oil of Jefferson Davis (supervisor of the survey) which was lithographed
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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