A Guide to the Friedrich Richard Petri Collection, 1845-1857
Born in Dresden, Saxony in 1825, artist Friedrich Richard Petri (1824-1857) matriculated in the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden at the age of fourteen. He won six awards during his eleven years under the tutelage of Adrian Ludwig Richter and Julius Hübner and won six awards. After joining the failed 1849 May Uprising in Dresden, Petri immigrated with his family to the United States. In 1851, they arrived in Texas and eventually settled on a farm near Fredericksburg. Poor health did not prevent Petri from painting portraits of friends and family, pioneer life, and local Native Americans. Petri drowned in 1857.
Newcomb, W. W., Jr. "Petri, Friedrich Richard." Handbook of Texas Online Accessed August 1, 2011.
Composed of artwork and certificates, the Friedrich Richard Petri Collection, 1845-1857, documents Petri’s artistic career. The certificates were awarded to Petri by the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden in 1845. Numerous paintings, drawings, and sketchbooks comprise Petri’s artistic productions. Subjects include family members, frontier life, nature and landscapes as well as Native Americans.
This collection is open for research use.
Friedrich Richard Petri, 1845-1857, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers