Oberlin's Namesake: John Frederick Oberlin (1740-1826)Main MenuIntroduction to Oberlin's NamesakeDetailed Table of ContentsWhat's in a Name? Why Oberlin?Address by John W. KurtzJ. F. Oberlin in his lifetimeExplore materials made by Oberlin and his contemporariesThe Ban de la Roche, Alsace, FranceArt works and photographs of the regionEarly views of Oberlin, OhioDrawings, prints and photographs of the colony and collegeDesigning a monument to our namesake (video)Videos with the artist Paul B. ArnoldResources for further explorationAnne Cuyler Salsich, Oberlin College Archives65340b1e79f9df03d291b8de171f6479ab6abb16Oberlin College Archives, Oberlin, Ohio
Jean Frédéric Oberlin
12018-01-12T16:29:02+00:00Anne Cuyler Salsich, Oberlin College Archives65340b1e79f9df03d291b8de171f6479ab6abb1618Engraving of J. F. Oberlin from life by Charles-Louis Schuler, 1803plain2020-10-02T15:48:35+00:00Schuler, Charles-Louis (French, 1782-1852)18039" x 6.75" Oberlin College Archives20100805John T. SeyfriedCopyright Intermuseum Conservation Association 2010engravingPaintings, Drawings, and Framed Items (RG 40), Oberlin College ArchivesAnne Cuyler Salsich, Oberlin College Archives65340b1e79f9df03d291b8de171f6479ab6abb16
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Most of the surviving materials created or used by John Frederick Oberlin are in museums in Waldersbach and Strasbourg, France. Oberlin College received a small number of original Oberlin items from his family members and others over the years. The things made by Oberlin's own hand and his contemporaries give us direct contact with the man and his work. This engraved portrait of J. F. Oberlin was created by Charles-Louis Schuler in 1803, from a drawing he made of Oberlin in 1802 when the sitter was 62 years old. The inscription under the image reads "Dessiné d'aprés nature et gravé par Ch. L. Schuler, en 1803." It is reputed to be the only portrait of Oberlin made from life by a skilled artist.
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