The book “Drawings of Anton Georg Bosse, the Pastor of Ēvele Parish, in the Collection of the National History Museum of Latvia” is published in collaboration with The National History Museum of Latvia. All togeather there are 209 drawings by Anton Georg Bosse (1792–1860), the pastor of Ēvele Parish, in the museum collection – 206 portraits, one landscape, two title-pages and seven pages of handwriting.
Through the eyes of Anton Georg Bosse we see a typical scene of life in one parish in rural Livonia in the mid-19th century, which displays characteristic traits of class distinctions amongst the peasantry. The people of Ēvele and the nearby surroundings include masters and servants, tradesmen, the parish school teacher and his students, military conscripts, beggars, a sexton and pastor, innkeepers and even a musician.
It is good knowledge of local conditions, a realistic visual perception of life, undoubtedly also a tendency to idealize the patriarchal traditions of the peasant class, and a pointed interest in cultural historical drawing that define the unique value of the prolific achievement of Anton Georg Bosse in the study Latvian history of the 19th century.
Ancestors of the Bosse family have occupied a significant place in Latvian cultural and art history. The half-brother of Anton Georg Bosse was a well-known Baltic German portrait painter Ernst Gotthilf Bosse (1785–1862), whose son, the architect Harald Julius von Bosse (1812–1894), designed the Riga Bourse building.