"(Germ.) Berlin. Pupil of Jacobi and of the Academy of Dusseldorf, under Sohn and Schadow. Member of the academies of Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Christiana. medals 2nd cl. 1853, 1st cl. 1855; rap. 1857 and 1859. chev. of the Legion of Honor 1859; grand Medal of Honor 1867; officer of the Legion of Honor 1867. The butcher boy. 20 x 24. " Kraus shows in this remarkable work what genius can do with even the most commonplace subject. Everything about this curley-headed boy bespeaks delight in his business. He is a born butcher, and right good-looking. He has just finished 'dressing' one 'subject,' as the doctors say, has hanged up the 'pluck' on the right, and is whetting his knife for a second operation. 'I'm the boy can show them how to do it' is written all over his smiling face. The drawing, expression and coloring of this otherwise unattractive subject is perfection. The painting of the face, as well as that of the rude clothing, is done with a dash and ease which none but consummate artists command. Nor should the admirable drawing and coloring of the arms and hands pass unnoticed. Few pictures dealing with this class of subject equal this bright, realistic creation."
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of D.W. Powers, Rochester, N.Y. with Explanations and Sketches of Painters by C.C. Merriman. Rochester, N.Y.: E.R. Andrews, Book and Job Printer, Aqueduct Street, 1877.