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Johannes Adam Simon Oertel papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS2138
This collection contains a diary, newspaper articles, poems, letters, and images. The material dates from 1867-1909. The 319 p. holograph diary, dated February 25, 1883-September 14, 1898, titled: "In the most holy name, Amen : journal of Johannes A. Oertel" concerns Oertel and his family in Orange Spring, Fla., Washington, D.C. (1883-1886), Sewanee, Tenn. (at the University of the South), Nashville, Tenn., St. Louis, Mo., Vienna, Va., and Bel Air, Md. Topics include: money problems, fortunes of his two sons and daughter, his ill health, religious reflections, work on art works, particularly the first two of his series of four paintings on the redemption of mankind. Mentions clergymen and other prominent figures of the day, some of which are listed below. Other items are newspaper clippings, photographs, and letters; and a little 12 page notebook of German poems by Oertel.

Dates

  • 1856-1909

Creator

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Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

Johannes Adam Simon Oertel (1823-1909) an artist and Episcopal clergyman spend the last eighteen years of his life near Washington, D.C. painting and serving as assistant rector of the Church of the Incarnation, Washington, D.C. He had a studio in the Corcoran Building in Washington. He usually painted religious subjects. Collection contains a diary, newspaper articles, poems, letters, and images. The material dates from 1867-1909.

Biographical Note

Johannes Adam Simon Oertel (1823-1909) an artist and Episcopal clergyman spent the last eighteen years of his life near Washington, D.C. painting and serving as assistant rector of the Church of the Incarnation, Washington, D.C. He had a studio in the Corcoran Building in Washington. He usually painted religious subjects.

Born in Bavaria, Oertel spent his early years studying with a Lutheran clergyman and also studied art in Munich with engraver J. M. Enzing-Muller. After moving to Newark, N.J. in 1848, he spent the next forty-four years working as a drawing instructor, painter, and rector. One of these drawing jobs was as an instructor of fine arts at Washington University. He always looked upon religious art as his chief vocation, and his paintings and ecclesiastical wood carving were his principal means of support. His work is held by the University of the South, Washington Cathedral, and the National Gallery at Washington.

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Collection note

Formerly Ind. Ms. Bd. 13
Title
Guide to the Johannes Adam Simon Oertel papers, 1856-1909
Status
completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2005
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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