(Baptism in Lucerne January 23, 1749. Died
in Lucerne May 28, 1824.)
This original watercolor sketch is attributed
to the famous Swiss Costume artist Joseph Reinhardt.
It shows two women and a man in the typical
costumes (trachten) of Lucerne (Luzern).
The image is painted on old handlaid chainlinked
Engraving with period handcoloring
French matted and framed in gold leaf frame.
The well-known 18th Century Swiss artist Joseph Reinhardt was a successful Lucerne portraitist and religious painter who also produced a famous series of outstanding engravings onSwiss folkloric themes.
As a young man, Reinhardt studied in Italy (in Lucca and in Rome) where after his money ran out, he also worked
for a time as one of the Swiss Guards at the
After returning to Luzern, he earned
a living painting religious works, including
several large altarpieces. Gradually he also began to gain reputation as a portraitist.
Between 1796 and 1802 Reinhardt traveled through Switzerland
to document national costumes for his famous
major cycle of prints on Swiss peasants.
See More works by Reinhardt
There is an annotation "Luzern" below
There is also an additional note at the bottom
which we have not been able to read. (If anyone
reads old German handwriting and can decipher
it, we'd be grateful to hear from you!)
Dimensions: 4.75 X 10 inches (Around 12 X 25