Oshkosh Artists

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Collection Chester Church
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Description Eighth plate tintype of Oshkosh Artists: Edmund and Mary Osthaus, Hattie Brass & Hulda Linde.
Year Range from 1886
Year range to 1886
Medium Photographic Emulsion/Tin/Varnish
Notes Studio image of four Oshkosh artisits: Edmund and Mary Osthaus, Hattie Bras & Hulda Lunde. Edmund Osthaus stands at center, his sister Mary Osthaus stands at left, Hattie Bras stands at right, and Hulda Linde is seated at center.
Edmund H. Osthaus was born in Germany in 1855. He studied at the royal academy of arts at Dusseldorf, a pupil of Christian Johann Kroener. He came to America with his brother Carl about 1885 and settled in Oshkosh, WI. Here he painted scenes around the country.
Osthaus's father, Henry, came to Mexico with its last emperor Maximilian, and after the execution of the monarch fled to the United States and settled in Oshkosh.
When the Toledo academy of fine arts was founded, Edmund was asked to take charge of the art school. Later he became a director of the academy. Examples of his work are to be found in many parts of the country, even some of his earlier paintings may be found in several Oshkosh homes. He died in his hunting lodge in Marianna Jackson county in Florida in 1928. His sister, Mrs. Mary Osthaus Griffith, was also an artist. Marie (Maria) H. Osthaus married Ellsworth Griffith in Oshkosh, WI on 9/14/1887.
Harriet "Hattie" May Bras was the daughter of Jabez W. Bras. He first appears in the Oshkosh City Dirctories in 1866. He owned a grain dealership for many years and in later life held various small political appointments. Hattie is first listed as an artist in the Oshkosh City Directory in 1890. She had a studio at 6 High Street and at 103 Main Street. She was close friends with Edmund H. and Mary Osthaus, brother and sister, who were well known artisits. Hattie specialized in crayon and water color portraits, but also did china painting. She and her sister Julia E. Bras taught many young Oshkosh ladies in their studio. Hattie also did engravings of people for the Daily northwestern newspaper. She may also have been involved with the Womans Suffrage Movement. She died in Oshkosh on March 26, 1907.
Hulda Linde was the daughter of Oshkosh pioneer Christian Linde. She is listed as an artist in the Oshkosh City Directory in 1887.
Object ID P1942.1.13
Object Name Tintype
People Osthaus, Edmund
Osthaus, Mary
Linde, Hulda
Bras, Harriet "Hattie" May
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Subjects Group Photographs
Title Oshkosh Artists
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