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Abel Schlicht

(1754–1826, Mannheim)

Abel Schlicht, an architect, theatrical painter and printmaker, was first taught by Lorenzo Quaglio at the tender age of ten. Although few people are familiar with his name today, Schlicht was an esteemed artistic figure in his time. After completing his artistic training he was appointed architect to the court of the Elector in Mannheim and professor at the Düsseldorf Academy. However, Schlicht worked for the most part in Mannheim, where he painted decorations for the local theatre and made a name for himself as an engraver.