Edward Potthast
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Edward Henry Potthast (1857 - 1927)

Edward Henry Potthast
Born in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United Statesmap
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Died at age 69 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United Statesmap
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American impressionist painter. He is known for his paintings of people at leisure in Central Park, and on the beaches of New York and New England.

Edward Henry Potthast is born June 10, 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio.[1][2] He is a son of Henry Ignatz Potthast and Bernadine Scheiffers.[1][3]

Starting in 1870 he studies art at the McMicken School in Cincinnati and in 1873 he starts working at the Strobridge Lithography Company. From June 10, 1879 to March 9, 1881, Potthast studies under Thomas Satterwhite Noble. Potthast later studies at the Royal Academy in Munich. After returning to Cincinnati in 1885 he resumes his studies. In 1886, he departs for Paris, where he studies with Fernand Cormon. In 1895 he relocates to New York City.

Until the age of thirty-nine Potthast earns a living as a lithographer. The purchase of one of his paintings by the Cincinnati Museum of Art may have encouraged him to abandon lithography for a career as a fine artist.

By 1900, Potthast is living in New York County, New York, United States.[4][5] He works as a magazine illustrator, and exhibits regularly at the National Academy of Design, the Society of American Artists and the Salmagundi Club, winning numerous prizes. By 1908 he is installed in a studio in the Gainsborough Building.

Potthast dies March 9, 1927 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States.[3] He is buried at Saint Joseph Cemetery in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 United States Census, 1880, Edward Potthest in household of Henry Potthest, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district ED 160, sheet 360C.
  2. United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925, Edward H Potthast, 1905; citing Passport Application, New York, United States, source certificate #679, Passport Applications, 1795-1905., Roll 687.
  3. 3.0 3.1 New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949, Henry Potthast in entry for Edward H. Potthast, 1927.
  4. United States Census, 1900, Edward Potthast, Borough of Manhattan, Election District 24 New York City Ward 25, New York County, New York, United States; citing sheet 18B, family 359.
  5. United States Census, 1910, Edward H Potthast, Manhattan Ward 22, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 1290, sheet 1A.
  6. Find A Grave, memorial page for Edward Henry Potthast (11 Jun 1857–9 Mar 1927), Find a Grave Memorial no. 104519762, citing Saint Joseph Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA.

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