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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Papers

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Friedrich Richard Petri Collection, 1845-1857



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Petri, Friedrich Richard, 1825-1857
Title: Petri, Friedrich Richard, Collection
Dates: 1845-1867
Abstract: Composed of artwork and certificates, the Friedrich Richard Petri Collection, 1845-1857, documents Petri’s artistic career.
Accession No.: 98-366; 2003-056
Extent: 2 items; artwork
Language: Materials are written in English and German.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Dresden, Saxony in 1825, artist Friedrich Richard Petri (1824-1857) matriculated in the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden at the age of fourteen. He won six awards during his eleven years under the tutelage of Adrian Ludwig Richter and Julius Hübner and won six awards. After joining the failed 1849 May Uprising in Dresden, Petri immigrated with his family to the United States. In 1851, they arrived in Texas and eventually settled on a farm near Fredericksburg. Poor health did not prevent Petri from painting portraits of friends and family, pioneer life, and local Native Americans. Petri drowned in 1857.

Source:

Newcomb, W. W., Jr. "Petri, Friedrich Richard." Handbook of Texas Online Accessed August 1, 2011.

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Scope and Contents

Composed of artwork and certificates, the Friedrich Richard Petri Collection, 1845-1857, documents Petri’s artistic career. The certificates were awarded to Petri by the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden in 1845. Numerous paintings, drawings, and sketchbooks comprise Petri’s artistic productions. Subjects include family members, frontier life, nature and landscapes as well as Native Americans.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Petri, Friedrich Richard -- Archives
Subjects
Painters -- Texas
German Americans -- Texas
Artists -- Texas
Art, American -- Texas -- 19th century
Places
Fredericksburg (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Friedrich Richard Petri, 1845-1857, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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