Oscar Hunt von Gottschalck, Tonal Painter,
Writer and Illustrator
Oscar Hunt von Gottschalck was born in Providence October 1, 1865 to Dr. Wilheim von Gottschalck (who was in exile having taken part in the German revolution of 1881) and Elizabeth (Heathcote) von Gottschalck.
Oscar von Gottschalck recieved his art education at the Rhode Island School of Design and later at the Art Student's League, New York. He also went to Europe where he studied in several art centers.
He opened his own studio in New York and depended on book illustrating for his livelihood while he continued art studies at the League. At this time he made a number of etchings with the most popular being "The Return to the Fold," "Evening," and Pasture Lands." These works were etched from his own paintings and he also etched works for other artists who were not familiar with the etching process.
In 1889 Oscar von Gottschalk married Johanna Strebel of Jersey City and 2 children were born to that union: Mabel H and Oscar Hunt vonGottschalck, Jr.
Oscar von Gottschalck wrote a number of books, including the children's book "Lives of the Haunted" published 1902 by R.H. Russell of New York. A copy of this book was recently listed for sale on an internet site.
He was listed in "Who's Who in America" Volume 6, 1883.
A Von Gottschalck book illustration:
Part of original show layout done by the artist. Prices back then $150.00 - $350.00