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Carl Ludwig Frommel

1789 Schloss Birkenfeld – 1863 Ispringen

A native of south-west Germany, Carl Ludwig Frommel was a productive and technically very accomplished printmaker, although landscape painting was his lifelong passion. He learned the engraving technique from Christian Haldenwang in Karlsruhe before going to Paris in 1809 to perfect his artistic skills, after which he lived and worked in Rome from 1813 to 1817. In 1817, Frommel was appointed professor of painting and engraving at the Karlsruhe Academy. He introduced the newly developed technique of steel engraving to Germany and in 1824, together with the Englishman Henry Winkles, opened a workshop in Karlsruhe for this very purpose. It soon generated a brisk publishing business whose activities extended beyond Germany.