The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Dietrich, Christian Wilhelm Ernst
DIETRICH, Christian Wilhelm Ernst, German painter and etcher: b. Weimar, 30 Oct. 1712; d. Dresden, 24 April 1774. The picture of a peasant drinking, in the Dutch style executed by Dietrich while a boy, is in the Royal Cabinet of Engravings at Dresden. He successfully imitated Raphael and Mieris, Correggio and Ostade, but never produced anything of his own. His best work is his historical etchings. His paintings are scattered through almost all Europe, and especially in Germany. In the Dresden gallery, of which he was inspector, there are 53 of them.