Peter Frederick Rothermel

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

One signed letter, dated March 27, 1880, by Peter Frederick Rothermel to J. W. Latta regarding a picture to be placed in Latta’s office, for which the cost is $500; Rothermel also writes of a proposed painting of Gettysburg for which he was sketches and studies: “having painted the large picture of the Battlefield, my sympathies and feelings lead me to wish to paint this one.”

Biographical Historical Note

Peter Frederick Rothermel was a history painter based in Philadelphia.  In 1871 he completed a massive oil painting of the Battle of Gettysburg that hangs in the State Museum of Pennsylvania