The Early Years
Felix Rosenstiel was born in Berlin and worked for a picture framing company as a salesman. Berlin was then the Capital of Prussia and Felix became disenchanted with continuous call-ups to participate as a member of the Prussian Army in the wars against Denmark and France. He had previously travelled to London on business and decided in 1880, to move to London permanently to establish an art and framing business based in the City. He returned to Berlin six months later in order to marry Josephine, who was already at the age of 25 sadly a widow and they then settled down to family life in London.
Felix worked hard and the business was a success. The British public not only wanted fine and ornate frames, but also there was a strong appetite for prints. Using his old business acquaintances based in Bavaria, the home of lithography and engraving, Felix started to publish for the marketplace in his new Country.
However, the struggle to create his own business took its toll on Felix’s health and when he realised that he had a serious heart condition and not wanting his small but sound business to close-down upon his death, he requested that Josephine should promise to carry the company on after him. Sadly, in 1895 he suffered a fatal heart attack at Baker Street Tube Station.