Born in Kassel, Germany in 1819, the son of painter Carl Wenderoth. Frederick was a pupil of his father from an early age and later studied at the Kassel Academy. Accompanied by Charles Christian Nahl and family, he moved to Paris in 1846 and in 1849 sailed to NYC. While living in the home of artist Louis Nagel, he had successful exhibitions at the American Art Union which provided him with the funds for further travel. In 1851 he and the Nahl family made the arduous trek across the Isthmus of Panama to California in search of gold. After a brief try at mining, they settled in Sacramento into a studio-home on Fourth Street. There they produced engravings for the local newspaper until a fire destroyed their studio in 1852. Wenderoth a
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"First 100 Years of Painting in California
(J. Van Nostrand); New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America
(Groce, George C. and David H. Wallace); Art of the Gold Rush; Charles C. Nahl, Artist of the Gold Rush.Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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