The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Emelé, Wilhelm

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EMELÉ, ā-mā-lā, Wilhelm, German painter: b. Buchen, Odenwald, 1830; d. 1905. He first adopted a military career but studied art with Dietz at Munich and later at Antwerp and Paris. His canvases are noted for exact knowledge of military detail and are spirited in conception, his subjects being military. He lived in Vienna after 1861 where he attained great popularity as a painter of equestrian portraits and hunting scenes. Among his works are ‘Battle of Stockach’; ‘Capture of Heidelberg Bridge in 1799’ (1857), purchased by the Austrian emperor; ‘The Fight Near Aldenhoven’ (1859); ‘The Square of the Battle of Aspern’ (1860); ‘Capture of Camp Near Farmars’; ‘Attack on the English by French Cuirassiers at Waterloo’; ‘Battle of Wurzburg’ (1867), his best work; ‘The Archduke Charles at Battle of Neerwinden’ (1872); ‘Attack of the Bournernain Division Near Elsasshausen’; ‘Battle of Dijon’; ‘Meeting of Patrols of Seventh and Fourteenth Corps, Prussian Army, Near Vesoul’; ‘Headquarters of 14th Army Corps in Battle of Belfast’; ‘Episode of Battle of Wörth’; ‘Victory of George II over the French at Dettingen’ (1879). His ‘Cavalry Encounter near Langenbrück’ gained first medal at the Vienna Exposition in 1873.