John Lewis Krimmel
John Lewis Krimmel (1786-1821), portrait and genre painter, emigrated from Germany to Philadelphia around 1809. He took a few art classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and with other artists, but was largely self-taught. Inspired by his new environment, he practiced his art by sketching local people of different ages, classes, and races in various scenes. Trips to the neighboring Lehigh Valley resulted in landscape and botany studies. In 1817 Krimmel traveled to Bermuda and back to Germany keeping a visual diary through his drawings. His accidental drowning near Germantown, PA in 1821 ended a promising career.