Paul Ashbrook was born in New York City in 1867. He began his career in 1885 doing illustrations for Charles Klackner in NYC, and had a studio at the 10th Street Studio Building. From 1900-1918, he headed the design department at Henderson Lithography Company in Cincinnati. He taught illustration at the Cincinnati Art Academy from 1914-1919. In 1917, he legally changed his name (Eschenbach) to its English translation, Ashbrook. In 1919, he was a pall- bearer at Frank Duveneck’s funeral. From 1920-29, he worked for the Strobridge Lithography Company, designing many of the Barnum & Bailey Circus posters. From 1926- on he made regular painting and etching trips to Europe and Mexico. He died of pneumonia while on a trip to Mexico. He died in 1949 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
ASL with William Chase, 1885; Cincinnati Art Academy with Frank Duveneck, 1900
Cincinnati AC, 1900; MacDowell Soc.