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Moritz Kellerhoven

1758 Altenrath - 1830 Munich

The painter and etcher, Moritz Kellerhoven, studied at the Düsseldorf Academy and in 1779 went to Vienna, where he continued his training under Heinrich Füger. Here he quickly distinguished himself as a talented portrait painter, his reputation in this field being such that the Elector Karl Theodor appointed him court painter in Munich in 1784. Thereafter Kellerhoven devoted himself exclusively to portrait painting. In addition, Kellerhoven produced a limited number of etchings consisting primarily of genre scenes and small-size portraits in the manner of Rembrandt. As Nagler points out, these “entertaining” sheets were sought-after collectors’ items in Kellerhoven’s time, whereas nowadays his etchings are quite rare.