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 Richard Veenfliet  (1843 - 1922)

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Lived/Active: Illinois/Michigan/New Jersey / Germany      Known for: illustration-figure, genre, landscape

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The following is from Howard Vasold of Freeland, Michigan:

Richard Veenfliet today is perhaps best known for his postcards. All of his paintings were sold as commercial art. The paintings the family received were the ones he could not sell. He did paint four pictures of the family home in Blumfield, Michigan, three of which I have, and also one of the house and barns where I live. I have more than 25 of his paintings. The Veenfliets settled in Michigan, Saginaw, County, Blumfield Township in 1849.
Richard Wilhelm Deitrick Veenfliet
b. 2 August 1843- Wesel. Germany
d. 20 August 1922- Kearny Soldiers' Home, Vineland, N.J.
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Richard Veenfliet, born in West Germany, was the second son of a family of six children. The Civil War of 1848 caused the family to emigrate to the United States, and they arrived in New York in October, 1849. They lived in Detroit and Flint, Michigan, before settling in Blumfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.

Veenfliet attended school in Blumfield, Saginaw and Detroit, where he studied architecture. In Saginaw in the summer of 1863, he took drawing lessons from a Mr. Haugh, and the following year, enlisted in a Michigan Infantry in the Civil War. His older brother was killed in that War.

After the War, he worked as a laborer and drygoods salesman in Saginaw and married Carolina Mordhorst with whom he had four children. In the early 1870s, he worked as an architect in Au Sable and Bay City, Michigan, and in 1875, moved to Buffalo, New York where he worked as a designer and draftsman. In 1882, he and his family lived in Philadelphia, and in 1884, moved to New York City where he took a job as foreman of the art department with Frankmann Bailey & Blanpy.

The next years saw him living in Orange and East Orange, New Jersey, and working in architectural drawing and commercial art jobs in Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Chicago and Joliet, Illinois. He died at the age of 79 years on August 20, 1992 in the Soldiers' Home in Vineland, New Jersey. At the time of his death, he was painting at his easel one of the many watercolors for which he was well known.

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