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George F. and Frederica P. Kreischer

A1948.3971

A pastel on paper portrait drawing of George F. Kreischer (1846 - 1910) and Frederica P. Kreischer by an unknown French artist.  The children are standing, slightly turned towards each other, behind a small, blue stand that has a plate full of fruit on top of it.  George, who is on the right side, is in blue clothing and is holding an orange in his left hand.  Frederica, who is on the left side, is wearing white.   The donor, Louise Kreischer, was the daughter of George Kreischer and described this painting as "a portrait of twins, Paris, 1851."  Not much is known about Frederica Kreischer.

George Frederick Kreischer was the eldest son of Balthasar Kreischer, founder of the Kreischer Brick Works and Kreischerville in Staten Island.  George grew up on Staten Island, where he attended elementary school.  His father wanted him to be proficient in both English and German, so George was sent to school in Hildesheim, in the Province of Hanover, Germany for four years.  George returned to New York City where he attended Bryant and Stratton Buisness College.  Upon graduation, he went to work for his father's business.  Upon the incorporation of the B. Kreischer & Sons Manufacturing concern, George was made president of the organization.  He held this title for years, and he also had the care and management of his father's interests in other enterprises.  Additionally, he served as one of the Directors of the Staten Island Railroad Company and the Rapid Transit Company for years.  George married Clara Hoff in 1871in Reading, Pennsylavania.  They had two children, Louise and John B. Kreischer.

Title: George F. and Frederica P. Kreischer

Medium: Pastel on paper

Dates: c. 1851

Dimensions: 36" H x 29" H

Accession Number: A1948.3971

Credit: Gift of Mrs. Louise Kreischer

Tags: 19th century, drawing, frederica kreischer, george kreischer, kreischer, pastel, portrait, works on paper