(1833 - 1889)
Hugo Wilhelm Arthur Nahl was active/lived in California / Germany. Hugo Nahl is known for genre, landscape, animal.
Born in Kassel, Germany in 1883 into a long line of artists. Arthur studied art with his brother Charles and at the Kassel Academy. In 1846 the two brothers moved to Paris where they studied with Vernet and Delaroche. Caught up in the French Revolution, they decamped to NYC in 1849 and two years later sailed for California in search of gold. The brothers worked for a few months in the gold fields, but soon abandoned mining for an art studio in Sacramento. The great fire of 1852 burned most of the city as well as their studio. They then settled in San Francisco where Arthur worked with his brother as a commercial artist, portrait painter, engraver, and daguerreotyper. His commercial work included re-designing the California state seal
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"California Art Research,
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