Adolph Shreyer (German, 1828 – 1899)

Attack of the Hungarian Cavalry

Adolph Shreyer (German, 1828 – 1899) “Attack of the Hungarian Cavalry”

Signed and dated ‘Adolph Schreyer 1854/fxt’ bottom right, oil on canvas. 43 5/8 x 63 1/2 in.

Adolf Schreyer was a German painter, associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting.

He studied art first at the Städel Institute in his native town, and then at Stuttgart and Munich. He painted many of his favorite subjects in his travels in the East. He first accompanied Maximilian Karl, 6th Prince of Thurn and Taxis through Hungary, Wallachia, Russia and Turkey; then, in 1854, he followed the Austrian army across the Wallachian frontier. In 1856 he went to Egypt and Syria, and in 1861 to Algiers. In 1862 he settled in Paris, but returned to Germany in 1870; and settled at Cronberg near Frankfurt, where he died.