There are many variations of the spelling of Manskirch (such as Mannskirsch, Manskersch) and even the owner himself used different versions on his paintings.
Manskirch was the son of Bernard Gottfield Manskirch a well-known painter in Bonn and Cologne. Born in Ehrenbreitstein on 6 October 1768, Franz Joseph came to London in 1793 and was employed by Ackermann among others as an illustrator. He produced Parks and Gardens of London in 1813 a fine and costly collectors' folio. During his time in London he lived in the Strand and Bond Street.
Manskirch's subjects in his painting varied greatly from battles scenes such as Albuera, Waterloo) to bucolic country views done in the Dutch style. These pictures equalled those of the best of his contemporaries.
At some stage of his career Manskirch was commissioned by Josephine, Empress of France to paint a series of views on the Rhine.
Between 1793 - 1819 Manskirch exhibited 14 works at the Royal Academy and two at the British Institute with titles such as "View of Chepstow on the Wye", "A Moonlight, with Cattle", "An Evening Landscape with Mr Clay's Patent Waggon", "Inside View of Tintern Abbey", "The Battle of Waterloo", "British Hussars skirmishing" and "Marshal Beresford disarming a Polish Lancer in the Battle of Albuera"
Before returning to Danzig in 1822 Manskirch worked in Frankfurt.
The Dictionary of British 18th Century Painters - Ellis Waterhouse
Dictionary of British Marine Painters - Arnold Wilson
Dictionary of British Landscape Painters - Maurice Grant
1768 - 1830
Oil on paper, laid down,
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East Indiamen assembling off the coast with the Earl of Effingham, the Beckford and the Land Overly in the foreground