A German painter, engraver on copper, publisher. He worked in the technique of copperplate engravings and etchings. One of the most famous animal painters of the XVIIIth century. Born in Ulm, Germany. He began his artistic education in Ulm, in the studio of the artist K. Roesch. Around 1716 he moved to Augsburg, where he continued his studies in the workshop of I. Falch, and eventually – in the one of G. F. Rugendas, under whose guidance he studied engraving and etching techniques. In 1723 he opened an art studio in Augsburg, where he sold prints, which were engraved from his own drawings. Since 1759 he was the a director of Augsburg Academy of Arts. He dedicated his work to the pictures of hunting scenes, domestic and wild animals having reached extraordinary perfection in this sphere. He created more than 1,600 engravings, the most popular ones were often reprinted in the XIXth century, used for the interior decoration and the decoration of porcelain and ceramic products. His works are presented in the State Hermitage Museum, in the Art Museums of Germany, Austria and other countries.