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 John Whetten Ehninger  (1827 - 1889)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: genre, portrait, animal painting, illustration

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A painter and illustrator born in New York, John Ehninger graduated from Columbia College, New York, in 1847. He immediately departed for Europe to pursue artistic training. He visited Italy and France, but staying in Germany, specifically Düsseldorf, was his main objective.There he studied with Karl Friedrich Lessing, Carl Ferdinand Sohn and fellow American Emanuel Leutze, and in Paris he was instructed by Thomas Couture.

During the early 1850s, he travelled between America and Europe but finally settled in New York in 1853, after living briefly in Newport, Rhode Island, where he worked out of Wiliam Hutn's old studio. About 1872, he moved to Saratoga Springs where he married and continued painting until his death in 1889.

Ehninger exhibited regularly on the East Coast including at the National Academy of Design, New York, where he was elected a full member in 1860. His work reveals interests shared by the other Americans in Düsseldorf--- mainly history and genre painting, with occasional forays in European landscape. But he quickly returned to American subject-matter.

"Yankee Peddler" (1853; Newark, NJ, Museum), for example, describes the initiative of an itinerant entrepreneur in the young nation.

The American Art Union reproduced several of his early genre paintings as engravings, and in a portfolio, he published his own work along with that of Kensett, Leutze, Durand, and others.

Source: Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

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