In 1836, at the age of eighteen, Nahl painted this scene depicting the Biblical story of The Finding of Moses [No color image available]. Nahl came from a long line of artists, first studying with his father and cousin, then at the Art Academy in Kassel, Germany.

In 1836, at the age of eighteen, Nahl painted this scene depicting the Biblical story of The Finding of Moses [No color image available]. Nahl came from a long line of artists, first studying with his father and cousin, then at the Art Academy in Kassel, Germany.

Like other artists of his era, Nahl earned good money by painting portraits of wealthy patrons (Portrait of a Lady, 1840)

Like other artists of his era, Nahl earned good money by painting portraits of wealthy patrons (Portrait of a Lady, 1840)

Nahl studied in Paris at a time when the city was convulsed in revolution. This is a sketch Nahl made of a crowd rushing past a barricade.

Nahl studied in Paris at a time when the city was convulsed in revolution. This is a sketch Nahl made of a crowd rushing past a barricade.

Nahl moved to New York and made a living painting genre pictures such as this one: "A Visit from Grandpa" (detail) For a possible predecessor of this work, see William Ward's A Visit to Grandfather (eighteenth century)

Nahl moved to New York and made a living painting genre pictures such as this one: "A Visit from Grandpa" (detail)

For a possible predecessor of this work, see William Ward's A Visit to Grandfather (eighteenth century)