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St. Peter's Episcopal Church - Columbia, Tennessee
Portrait #1626
Subject/Title:
The Twelve Tribes of Israel
Artist: Oertel, Johannes Adam Simon, D.D (1823-1909)
Date Created: January 1886
Owner/Location: St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Columbia, TN
Frame Dimensions: 34 1/2 x 65
Image Dimensions: 29 1/2 x 60
Materials/Media: Oil on canvas, wood frame
Date Documented: 30 July 2008
Condition: Poor

Description:Wide rectangular painting showing 12 men seated upon rocks. Some are holding staffs. Painting is mostly values of white and brown.
History of Work:Born in Bavaria, J.A.S. 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. His papers, including his diary are in the collections of George Washington University in D.C. He spent a fair amount of time painting in Sewanee, TN and for a short time as interim head-master at the Columbia Female Institute.
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