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Hans Ulrich Franck

also Johann Ulrich, circa 1590-95 Kaufbeuren - 1675 Augsburg

Hans Ulrich Franck, a native of Kaufbeuren, received his artistic training from his father, the painter and municipal architect Daniel Erbe (known as Franck). By 1637 at the latest Franck had set up in business as a painter in Augsburg, where he received the privileges of a citizen a year later. He struck up a friendship with Johann Heinrich Schönfeld, who exerted a considerable influence on his artistic style. The earliest of Franck’s paintings to have survived date to around 1630. The artist produced numerous portraits and battle scenes, an extensive oeuvre of drawings and a small number of etchings which, according to Nagler, were “executed in a spirited manner”.