Krieghoff, Cornelius (krēgˈhŏf) [key], 1812–72, Canadian painter, b. Düsseldorf, Germany. He traveled widely and took part in the Seminole wars in Florida as a member of the U.S. army. Commissioned by the War Dept. to make paintings from many sketches done in these wars, he worked at Rochester, N.Y., and then moved to Canada, working first at Toronto, then at Montreal, and in 1853 at Quebec. He had a keen sense of the picturesque in French-Canadian life, and his numerous pictures are much sought after.
See biography by C. M. Barbeau (1934).