An Austrian painter describes sketches made while traveling Wisconsin, 1856-1860

Sketches from my Travels


Austrian painter Franz Holzlhuber (1826-1898) came to the U.S. in 1856 on a tour and stayed four years. Residing first in Milwaukee, Holzhuber traveled widely in Wisconsin, Canada, and the Mississippi River Valley. He sketched dozens of scenes of his observations while travelling and published some in Harper's Monthly. He later used them in lectures and as sources for larger drawings when he returned to Austria in 1860. In addition to the sketches, Holzlhuber wrote a description of the drawings as well as the circumstances that produced them. The final translation of his description is provided here. It is a fairly idiosyncratic translation which can make Holzlhuber's text difficult to understand but also highly entertaining.


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Creator: Holzlhuber, Franz
Pub Data: Sketches and associated materials, 1856-1860, 1959. Wisconsin Historical Society. (MAD 4/90/D2)
Citation: Holzlhuber, Franz. Sketches and associated materials, 1856-1860, 1959. Wisconsin Historical Society. Online facsimile at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1485 Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1485; Visited on: 10/21/2014
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