Perhaps it was the free spirit of the gypsy lifestyle associated with Bohemia that expounded a litany of unique and vibrant artists in the mid-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Or perhaps it was the austerity of the Victorian Era that inspired a need to invent Bohemianism. In either case, it was at the height of Bohemian-chic that Franz Anton Bischoff was born on January 14, 1864 in Steinschönau (now known as Kamenický Šenov), a small town about fifty miles north of Prague in northern Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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