John Zettel was born in Austria in March 1868. Zettel appears to have arrived in Ohio when a small child. He had an architectural practice in Cincinnati until 1931. He then retired to devote his time to travel and painting. While based in Ohio, he painted in San Miguel, CA in 1930-37 and Guernavaca, Mexico in 1940. He was the brother of Rookwood artist Josephine Zettel.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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