Watercolour, 24,5 x 30 cm, lo. le. sign. and dat. Martin Gensler 1877, matted and framed under glass, uninspected out of frame. - Landscape and figure painter from a Hamburg artist's family. He was taught painting by J. Rachau and by his brothers Johann Jakob and Günther G., maybe he also studied at the Munich a. Düsseldorf academies. As early as 1830 he exhibited at the Berlin academy. After large parts of Hamburg burnt down in 1842 the Senate commissioned him to conservate the historical remnants and he thus became a pioneer of monument preservation. G. was also involved with the founding of the museum for the history of Hamburg as well as the arts and crafts museum. Mus.: Hamburg (Kunsthalle, Altonaer Mus.), Erfurt, Lüneburg, Washington a. others. Lit.: AKL, Thieme-Becker.