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Christian Schuessele was an artist, painting genre subjects, landscapes, and portraits as well as historical scenes.  Schuessele also worked as a lithographer and taught drawing and painting.

Schuessele studied in Paris, before moving to Philadelphia in about 1848.  Schussele initially supported himself as a lithographer. He achieved recognition when his historical work Clear the Track (1854) was engraved by John Sartain (1808-1897), after which Schussele was able to concentrate exclusively on painting.

Schuessele exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he was a professor from 1868 to 1879. Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) was one of his students. He also exhibited at the Great Central Fair in Philadelphia in 1864, at the Boston Athenaeum in 1858 and 1868, and at the Brooklyn Art Association in 1872.

Philadelphia / 1865
19.25 x 13.5 inches