He studied engraving first under Buchhorn at Berlin. And then went, in 1827, with a grant from the government, to Paris, where he received instruction from Forster, and later to Parma, where he studied for three years under Toschi.
He subsequently visited Florence, Rome, Naples, Venice, and Milan. On his return in 1833 he became a drawing master in a government school. He died at Berlin in 1877.