Samuel Alschuler painted portraits on the photographic print of his wife, Fannie and himself (1999.107.1) around the time of their marriage.
Portrait of Fannie Alschuler (1846-1909), head faces slightly to the right. Wearing black dress with lace trim.
Fannie Guggenheimer Alschuler (1846-1909), originally from Baden, Germany, married Samuel around 1870 in Chicago. The couple moved to Mattoon but returned to Chicago when an unknown employer, possibly Harper’s Weekly, hired Samuel to photograph the aftermath of the Great Fire. The Alschulers initially settled west of the river but soon joined other German Jews moving to the near South Side. Samuel and Fannie lived on Twenty-Second Street, where Samuel also maintained his photography studio, until moving back to Mattoon in 1880. Shortly afterward, Samuel died and Fannie returned to Chicago, where she lived for the rest of her life.