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Ettore Roesler Franz (1845-1907)

Ettore Roesler Franz (1845-1907)

Ettore Roesler Franz was an Italian painter in oil and watercolour, of landscapes and genre scenes, who exhibited regularly in London during the late nineteenth century. He remains best known for his immediate and atmospheric views of Rome and its environs, including places and practices that have since been lost to redevelopment and social change. In recent years, his pioneering work as a photographer has also attracted attention.

Ettore Roesler Franz was born in Rome on 11 May 1845, the son of Luigi Roesler Franz, who was of Bohemian descent, and Teresa (née Biondi). He was educated at the Christian schools of the Trinità dei Monti and, from 1863, studied art at the Accademia di San Luca. There he befriended the sculptor, Ettore Ferrari.

Between 1864 and 1872, Franz worked at the British Consulate, where he met the consul and artist, Joseph Severn, who had been a close friend of the poet, John Keats.

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