Samuel Gottschall

Samuel Gottschall (1800–1898) was an American fraktur artist.

Born into a relatives of teachers, Gottschall was a resident of the Mennonite community of Franconia, Pennsylvania. His father, Jacob Gottschall, was a preacher and bishop as without difficulty as a sometime teacher; with his students he produced books of musical notation. Three of Samuel's siblings were educators as well; one, Martin, also produced fraktur. Neither of the two signed his work, and it is difficult to say the two apart; their paintings have become popular in the midst of collectors because of the colors and imagery employed in their creation. Neither of the two men married; they worked as millers after the terminate of their teaching careers, operating a property on Perkiomen Creek in Salford. Samuel was a weaver as well, and in the midst of his unshakable documents are his weaver's record autograph album and weather diary, both of which have proven instrumental in identifying his work.

Surviving frakturs from Gottschall date to the years 1833 to 1836, and complete not appear to postdate his teaching career. Several of his works are in the stock of the Mennonite Heritage Center. Others are owned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the American Folk Art Museum. Gottschall's style inspired extra artists, including John Derstine Souder.

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