- Y. Boerlin-Brodbeck
Swiss family of painters, publishers and art dealers. Although the family home was in Basle, both (1) Peter Birmann and his eldest son (2) Samuel Birmann spent part of their careers painting and sketching in and around Rome, principally landscapes in watercolour, bistre and wash. Peter Birmann established his own publishing company in Basle, as did Samuel Birmann; they were also art dealers. Peter Birmann’s younger son Wilhelm Birmann (1794–1830) was also a painter and art dealer.B. Trachsler: ‘Das Markgräflerland im Werk der beiden Basler Landschaftsmaler Peter und Samuel Birmann’, Markgräflerland: Beiträge zu seiner Geschichte und Kultur, 36 (1974), pp. 44–55
(b Basle, Dec 14, 1758; d Basle, July 18, 1844).
He began his career as a portrait painter in Basle and Pruntrut but in 1775 moved to Berne, where he took up landscape painting. From 1777 to 1781 he worked with Johann Ludwig Aberli and was also a colour-printer with the publisher ...