The New International Encyclopædia/Rothermel, Peter Frederick
ROTHERMEL, rōTH'ẽr-mẽl, Peter Frederick (1817-95), An American historical painter, born at Nescopack, Pa. He was a pupil of Bass Otis in Philadelphia, and at first painted portraits, but soon devoted himself to historical subjects. From 1847 to 1855 he was director of the Pennsylvania Academy, and in 1856-59 lived in Europe — for two years in Rome. His best works include: “Columbus Before Queen Isabella;” “The Christian Martyrs;” the “Battle of Gettysburg” (1871), Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, a gigantic canvas, one of the attractions at the Centennial Fair; and the “Embarkment of Columbus,” Pennsylvania Academy. Rothermel was a very prolific painter, possessing some talent for composition, but was deficient in real technical ability. He died near Pottstown, Pa.