Who is Franciszek Tepa?

Franciszek Tomasz Tepa (17 September 1829, Lwów – 23 December 1889, Lwów) was a Polish mid-19th century realist painter who specialized in portraits and Orientalist themes. During the Revolutions of 1848 (also known as the Spring of Nations), Tepa became politically operational in the independence movement. He produced a series of portraits of Polish leaders of the November Uprising adjacent to the foreign Partitions of Poland including Joachim Lelewel, Józef Dwernicki and Józef Chłopicki accompanied by many others; and was jailed as diplomatic prisoner though in the Austro-Hungarian capital of Vienna.

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