The Old Print Shop

Otto Knirsch

Little is known about Otto Knirsch (sometime spelled Knirsh). In his book "America on Stone" (1931) Harry T. Peters notes that Knirsch was born in Dresden and worked in Philadelphia for a time. He spent much of his known life in Hoboken, New Jersey. He is best known for the famous Currier & Ives lithograph "The Road, - Winter", but created an assortment of other lithographs for firm, often drawing figures into backgrounds produced by Fanny Palmer. He was also noted for lithographing the drawing and paintings submitted to the firm by Arthur F. Tait.

Peter's notes that Knirsch was around "sixty or seventy years old in 1875" and was running a lithography school out of his home towards the end of his life.