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08  Heinrich Hofmann. Bergpredigt. Kommet zu Mir – Bild 6. Original drawing in pencil. Matthew caps 3,5-7.

Heinrich (Johann Michael Ferdinand) Hofmann (1824 – 1911): German painter and illustrator. His most famous works are in the Riverside Church in New York: “Christ and the Rich Young Ruler”, Christ in Gethsemane”, “Christ in the Temple” and “Picture of Christ”. Probably with newly-developed printing processes in mind, Hoffmann created three portfolios of pencil drawings depicting the life of Christ. As published by heliogravure, their names in English are: “Remember Me” (1886), “Come Unto Me” (1887), and “Peace Unto You” (1898). They were widely distributed in Europe and America.

Chromolithograph based on re-drawn image derived from the photogravure of the pencil drawing. Possibly by Stemler.

Otto Adolph Stemler (1872-1953): American illustrator. When chromolithography was invented in the late 1800’s, American artists began to convert popular illustrations into colour. Stemler converted most of the Hofmann monochrome lithographs. He also converted the works of other famous illustrators such as Doré, Bida, Plockhorst and Bouguereau, as well as creating his own Bible illustrations while working for the Standard Publishing Company. Little is known about Stemler in his early career. Later in life he worked for Standard Publishing full-time, but he may have done freelance work before that because his images show up in the publications of Providence Litho, Messenger Corporation et alia. Apparently Stemler published religious art almost exclusively.

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