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 Frederick Von Egloffstein  (1824 - 1898)

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Lived/Active: New York / England/Germany/Russian Federation      Known for: western survey pictorial records, steel engraving

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Aldorf, Bavaria, Frederick Von Egloffstein was a man of many accomplishments: inventor, writer, artist, editor, and topographical engineer.  His drawings and steel engravings of western scenes were reproduced in expedition reports, and his book, New Style of Topographical Drawing, was published in 1857.  He arrived in the United States some time before 1853, and traveled in the West from that year until 1858.  He then lived in New York City from 1864 to 1873.  

In 1853, he joined John Fremont's last expedition to map a central route across the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.  Solomon Carvalho was official artist for this expedition, but severe weather forced him and Von Egloffstein to remain in Salt Lake City, leaving Fremont.

In 1854, Von Egloffstein joined Lt. E.G. Beckwith's Survey of a railroad route between Utah and California, through Wyoming and Nevada.  Von Egloffstein completed 13 illustrations from this assignment.  From 1857 to 1858, he was part of the Ives Survey of the Colorado River, and members reached the Grand Canyon in 1858.  As a result of that early exploration, Von Egloffstein's did "what is probably the first pictorial record of the Canyon" (Falk) by 'white' explorers.

He later served in the Civil War with the 103rd Regiment of New York, and achieved the rank of Brigadier General before moving to New York City in 1864.  There he did pioneering work on perfecting the half-tone process of steel engraving.  His final years were spent in London, England where he had the title of Baron Von Egloffstein.  "According to the recollection of his grandson, Von Egloffstein died in London in 1898." (Falk)

Sources include:
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art, p. 3418
Doris Dawdy, Artists of the American West, Volume I

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