Frank Duveneck was born in Covington, Kentucky in 1848. At the age of twenty- two, he apprenticed to a church decorator in Cincinnati. Soon after, he entered the Royal Academy of Munich and shared a studio with William Merritt Chase. He opened an art school in Munich in 1875 and many American pupils known as “Duveneck’s Boys” studied with him.
He traveled to Venice in 1879 where he began etching and, for a short time, shared a studio with James Whistler, with the intent to study with him. He returned to Cincinnati in 1888 where he taught for many years at the Cincinnati Art Academy.