The following information was compiled and submitted by Melinda Rohland Meister, great niece of the artist:
Born in Richmond, Virginia, March 11, 1884, Paul Hermann Rohland was the fourth of seven sons. His great grandfather, J.H. Ficht, a German immigrant, was a New York fresco painter and artist, as was his great uncle, O.C. Ficht, and Rohland inherited the family talent. At the age of 14, he began working for the Christopher Engraving Company in Richmond as a photo-engraver, and enrolled in evening art classes at the Virginia Mechanics Institute. In 1902 he went to New York City and took evening art classes at the New York Art Students League, studying under Robert Henri. During this time he probably
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