View of the Beaver River by Emile Bott
Emil Bott (1824-1908). Signed in reverse on back of frame.
Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Oil on canvas
Emil Bott was one of Pittsburg’s principal artists in the mid-19th century. He immigrated from Germany in 1848 and by 1850 he had settled in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. In addition to this view, several other of Bott’s views of the upper Beaver River are known.
At times he was a drifter, moving between Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia and established at least three studios in Cincinnati, Phillipsburg and Pittsburgh. There is a tradition that for a time Bott rode the packet boats up and down the three rivers -- the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela – painting decorative doors and architectural details on the boats.