Eugene Sintzenich

1841-1842       Address Unknown, Rochester, New York.[1]

Eugene Sintzenich was recorded in one entry in The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists In America 1564-1860 and five random entries in the Rochester Daily American.  I have included Eugene Sintzenich to help clarify the entry in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, even though I don’t have any original research concerning his activity as a daguerreotypist. 

The first entry is from The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists In America 1564-1860.  Sintzenich, Eugene.  Landscape and portrait painter.  He was living in England in 1833 when several of his views of Niagara Falls, Upper Canada, and New York State, painted during a visit to America in 1831, were shown in London.  By 1841nhe had returned to America and was painting portraits and more Niagara views in Rochester (N. Y.).  From 1844 to 1848 he was at Albay and NYC and in 1849 he exhibited a watercolor at the America Institute.  He also painted a view of NYC after the great fire of December 1845 he was once again in Rochester, listed as a professor of drawing.  He may have been dead by 1857.  When Mrs. Esther Sintzenich was listed in the Rochester directory, along with Eugene M. Sintzenich, daguerreotypist…

The first item appeared on June 14, 1850 in the Rochester Daily American (Rochester, New York).  Prof. Sintzenich, Formerly of London, and lately of New York, begs to inform his former friends and the lovers of the Fine Arts generally, that he has returned to Rochester, where he will be happy to give to those who are desirous of acquiring them.  Instructions in the various departments of Painting.

His method of Teaching is founded on the principles of the most eminent Professors of London—and aided by a long practice, he flatters himself his lessons will be found as much simplified as the subjects will admit of and the advancement of the pupil justify.

His system embraces the practice of Drawing and Painting, either in water or oil colors—the theory of light, shade, color, effect, composition, perspective and sketching from nature. 

Views of houses ad grounds taken, and drawings, made for the patent office.  His view of the Church of the “Holy Communion,” N. Y., for sale.

Terms, which are moderate, made known at his residence.  No. 12 Elm street, where specimens can be seen.

The second item appeared on August 19, 1851.  Grand Panorama.  Painted By Eugene Sintzenich And Smith M. Brown.  Exhibition of the Holy Land.  Comprising Views of Cairo, Mount Sinai, Bethlehem, Nazareth, The River Jordan, Dead Sea, several of the pool mentioned in Holy Writ, &c., &c, &c.

Among the views is a splendid representation of the departure of the Israelites from Egypt—a general view of The City Of Jerusalem, And the valley of Jehosaphat (sic.)!  Besides a great number of other equally interesting and Picturesque Views.

It has been the object of the getters up of this exhibition to give to the public a representation of these scenes as they now exist, and for this purpose have been to great expense to obtain Drawings Taken On The Spot.  So that the public may see the Holy Land as it is now presented to the traveller.

The Painting have been executed in the highest style of Art, and without regard to expense, and the artists confidently put them before the public fully believing they will meet the approval and reward they merit.

Time and place of opening will be announced in a few days.

The third item appeared on May 4, 1852.  Mr. Eugene Sintzenich at his rooms, No. 66 State St., third story, has some fine specimens of his skill in drawing and painting.  He is prepared to give lessons in the two arts and is capable of giving unbound satisfaction.  Many of the efforts of his pupils indicate a thorough training and a rapid progress on their part.

The fourth item appeared on September 24, 1852.  Death Of Prof. Sintzenich.—we regret to announce the death of Prof. Eugene Sintzenich.—He fell a victim to Cholera on Wednesday night, having been ill only 24 hours.  His age was 60 years. 

Prof. S. was English by birth, though we believe of Polish descent, and had lived long in our city at different times, winning the warm regard of the community by his courteous manners and kindness of heart.  He was an Artist of rare talent and qualifications, especially excelling as a landscape painter.  His death will be generally regretted.

The fifth item appeared on September 27, 1852.  The State Register contains the following appreciative notice of our late townsman, Prof, Sintzenich:

“The news of the death of this accomplished gentleman and fine artist will be received with the deepest regret by the very many friends whom he left behind him in this city.  He resided here several years, and won the sincerest esteem of all who were fortunate enough to become acquainted with him.  He was a man of through education, and imbued with the best qualities of nature.  As an Artist, he stood very high.  He painted chiefly in water colors and in this branch of his art he excelled.  He produced the best view of Albany we have ever seen.  It was lithographed, and many copies were disposed of.  He produced several other local works which were greatly admired, and all of which bore marked evidence of his fine taste and great skill.

Mr. Sintzenich was a man whose society was much coveted.  He was one of the most sociable men we ever knew, being always in excellent tune, and full of wit, humor and anecdote, which seem to pour forth from an inexhaustible store.

Eugene Sintzenich was an accomplished artist, an early daguerreotypist who like some artist of the day tried their hand using the daguerreotype process.  It is unknown at this time if he was only making daguerreotypes or if he was using the daguerreotypes as a tool for his paintings.  Eugene M. Sintzenich is probably his son, but this is only speculation on my part.  I have not spent a lot of time researching him.

[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Register

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