Milford, Ohio – The Greater Milford Area Historical Society (GMAHS) has accepted a gift/donation of an historical painting into its art collection. An original oil painting by Enno Meyer (1874-1947) titled “War Dogs” was presented to GMAHS on Sunday, December 17, by Bob Siegfried, a local resident and distant relative by marriage to Enno Meyer.
Enno Meyer was born in Cincinnati; and, along with his wife, Marie (Bricker), lived in Miami Township, Milford, Ohio on an estate known as Pine Lawns – now the site of Clermont Nursing Home. Both Meyer and his wife are buried in Milford’s Greenlawn Cemetery.
By profession, Meyer was a photographer, painter, sculptor, etcher and illustrator; and he studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy with well-known Cincinnati artist, Frank Duveneck. He is recognized for his works depicting American Indians as well as exotic animals that were part of the Cincinnati Zoo in 1895-96. Meyer was also a dog breeder, and his passion and experience in this field led him to serve as a judge for the Westminster Kennel Dog Show, which has been held in New York City annually since 1877. He wrote and illustrated standards on several dog breeds including the German shepherd dogs depicted in the “War Dogs” painting.
“The Historical Society is honored to receive this significant work of art,” commented Donna Amann, administrator, Greater Milford Area Historical Society. “Many people who visit Promont are particularly interested in the Society’s art collection, and we are pleased to expand the offering with this gift. Plans are to have the painting professionally cleaned and reframed before displaying it among other items in the Society’s Veteran-oriented collection.”