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German painter, draughtsman, engraver, decorator. Moved to St Petersburg (1810), where he worked as an actor and singer (from 1810) and painted sets (from 1815) at the Deutsches Theater. Collaborated with Samuel Chiflard on the Views of St Petersburg and Environs series of lithographs published by the Society for the Encouragement of Artists (1821–26). Headed the decorative studio of the Imperial Theatres (1831–43).