The Appeal of the Last Victims

Charles Louis Müller (French, 1815 – 1892)

Charles Louis Müller (French, 1815 – 1892) The appeal of the last victims of the Terror at Saint Lazare prison on 7 Thermido year II  (1794). Oil on Canvas.

He was the pupil of Léon Cogniet, Baron Gros and others in the École des Beaux-Arts. In 1837 he exhibited his first picture, Christmas Morning. From 1850 to 1853 he directed the manufactory of Gobelin tapestries. In 1864 he became a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France, succeeding Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin.

Arthur Langley Vernon (British, 1871 – 1922)

Arthur Langley Vernon (British, 1871 – 1922) “Lady Sewing in a Garden”. Oil on canvas. 21 3/4  x 16 in.

Arthur Vernon flourished between 1871 and 1922 painting domestic genre scenes and costume drama. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal society.

Johann Josef Schindler (Austrian, 1777 – 1836)

“Ossian” Oil on canvas. 22 1/2 x 18 inches

Johann Josef Schindler (Austrian, 1777 – 1836) was an Austrian painter and graphic artist. Johann Josef Schindler was primarily a landscape painter who depicted his pictures topographically . He also created portraits , genre pictures , religious representations and pictures with a military theme. As a graphic artist, Schindler was a draftsman and eraser . He worked as a lithographer for several Viennese publishers , where he published landscape and military series.

Schindler studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts with Johann Christian Brand . After working in St. Pölten, he became a drawing teacher at the St. Anna Academy and a chamber painter in 1810 . In 1818 he became a full member of the Vienna Academy. Between 1822 and 1834 he made several study trips to northern Italy and the Salzkammergut. Schindler was with the Wr. Theresia Dietrich from Neustadt married. His son Carl Schindler was also a painter. Schindler died in the Vienna suburb of Laimgrube No. 25.

Alfred Holst Tourrier (British, 1836 – 1892)

“Crossing the Stream” Oil on canvas. 39 x 84 inches

Turban Holst Alfred Tourrier (also known as: Alfred Holst Tourrier) (1836-1892), was a British painter and the son of a successful artist and drawing instructor named Jean Furcy Tourrier. The elder Tourrier exhibited numerous works at the Royal Academy (1838, 1839, 1843, 1845 and 1846) – primarily landscapes entered in the Drawing and Miniature category. Biographical info from:

Baron Jan August Hendrik Leys (Belgian, 1815 – 1869)


“Gerrit Six in Rembrandt’s Studio” Oil on wood panel. 29 1/2  x 22 1/2 inches

Baron Jan August Hendrik Leys (Belgian, 1815-1869) was a Belgian painter and printmaker. He was a leading representative of the historical or Romantic school in Belgian art and became a pioneer of the Realist movement in Belgium. His history and genre paintings and portraits earned him a European-wide reputation and his style was influential on artists in and outside Belgium.

Japanese Match Safe

Japanese Komai gold inlay and silver iron case match safe with image of a dragon one side and floral with birds on the other.

Jacob Membling (Austrian, 1853 – 1928)

Jacob Membling (Austrian, 1853 – 1928)  “Musicians”

Oil on Board 18 x 22 inches


Adolf Manfred Trautschold (German, 1854 – 1921)

Adolf Manfred Trautschold (German, 1854 -) “Courtship”

Oil on Canvas 24 1/2 x 34 inches

Manfred was the son of the German portrait painter Wilhelm Trautschold (1815–1877). His mother, Sophie Johnston, was Irish. He married Marguerite De Hoos, a Belgian, and had two children Reginald William Trautschold (b. 1879), Gordon Manfred Trautschold (1883 – 1951).

In 1883 he, Harry Fenn, a very well-known illustrator, and others contributed illustrations to the Christmas edition of The Penny Illustrated Paper. All these drawings look very poor. He also illustrated the book Hunting the Jaguar in Venezuela with Harry Fenn. In 1887 he immigrated to America. He lived at 90 Upper Mountain, Montclair, NJ. Fenn lived on the same street and the town became a magnet for artists.

Although Manfred described himself as an artist on the 1900 and 1910 census forms there doesn’t seem to be much evidence today that he painted much. The money must have come from somewhere because he owned a large house, he had a live-in servant and he put his two sons through university.

In 1918 Manfred’s son Reginald co-authored a book on the benefits of Taylorism which seems an odd thing for someone from an artistic background to do. Taylorism is all about taking all the individualism out of work by making all the procedures repetitive and efficient. You get more work out of the employees but they don’t last long under such a regime. Perhaps he wanted to get more work out of his dad. The other son became an architect in New York. Both of them did very well for themselves and now Manfred has many descendants in Arizona and New York.
Manfred Trautschold died on the 13th of December 1921 at 149 Madison Avenue, Flushing, Queens, New York. Although I like looking at the houses of those I research I didn’t bother looking for Manfred Trautschold’s house because that street is now called 41st Avenue and the house numbers have probably all been changed. The house, like his old house in Montclair, has probably been pulled down anyway.

Mariano Alonso Perez Y Villagrossa (Spanish, 1857 – 1930)

Mariano Alonso Perez Y Villagrossa (Spanish, 1857 – 1930) “Carriage Ride”

Oil on Board 29 x 35 inches

Mariano Alonso Pérez and Villagrosa was a Spanish painter. He began his artistic training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zaragoza and continued at the Special School of painting, sculpture and engraving in Madrid. Later he moved to Rome where he attended the Chigi Academy and the Cauva and became familiar with the technique of watercolor . In 1889 he settled in Paris where his brother resided the composer Luis Alonso and made different works set in the time of Louis XVI that were in great demand internationally and allowed him to live in a relaxed way. From 1910 he became interested in social theme painting and in 1914, coinciding with the beginning of World War I , he decided to return to Spainto settle in Madrid, the city where he died in 1930.

Raymond Neilson (American,1881 – 1964)

Raymond Neilson (American,1881 – 1964) “Moroccan City”

Oil on Board

Known for portraits and still life painting, New York City painter Raymond Neilson had well-known portrait subjects such as Admiral William Halsey; Dr. Francis Blake, Dean of the Yale Medical School; and World War II hero Brigadeer General Frederick Castle. He also did a portrait of Hayley Lever, fellow Academician at the National Academy of Design. Many of the portraits were done for Civic Organizations and presented at ceremonies commemorating the subject of the portrait. Neilson won many awards for his painting including exhibition prizes at the Paris Salon, the Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915, the National Academy of Design, and the Salmagundi Club. Other exhibition venues included the New York World’s Fair of 1939, Carnegie Institute International, and Grand Central Art Galleries. Neilson was born in New York City and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1905. However, in 1908 he gave up a Navy career to follow his art, but he was reinstated during World War I and served overseas as an aide to Admiral William Sims. Then he studied at the Art Students League in New York, in Paris, and at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

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About The Curator

Carol Seelig Eastman is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of The Knohl Collection. In this role, she passionately explores the artist’s personal, social, and political world and places their art in a meaningful historical context. Her thematic exhibitions provide visual and educational stimulation that attract and engage a diverse museum audience.