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Joseph Wolf


German-born painter and illustrator. Specialised in animals. Apprenticed as a lithographer in Koblenz before studying art at the Antwerp Academy. Arrived in London in 1848. Established a studio with Johann Baptist Zwecker in London, circa 1860. Illustrated many natural history publications including Henry Walter Bates’s The naturalist on the river Amazons (1863).


Bates 1863, p. vi


Post Office London directory 1859–63


Bates, Henry Walter. 1863. The naturalist on the River Amazons. A record of adventures, habits of animals, sketches of Brazilian and Indian life, and aspects of nature under the equator, during eleven years of travel. 2 vols. London: John Murray.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.

Post Office London directory: Post-Office annual directory. … A list of the principal merchants, traders of eminence, &c. in the cities of London and Westminster, the borough of Southwark, and parts adjacent … general and special information relating to the Post Office. Post Office London directory. London: His Majesty’s Postmaster-General [and others]. 1802–1967.