The painter, draughtsman and graphic artist Josef Führich, who joined the Nazarenes in Rome after completing his art studies in Prague and finally settled in Vienna, is regarded as one of the foremost artists of his day who came from Bohemia. Early in his career, Führich earned recognition as a brilliant draughtsman, particularly in his composition of figural and cyclical scenes. In his work, he returned repeatedly to the legend of Saint Genevieve. In the early 19th century, the legend about the saint who lived in the 8th century enjoyed its highest popularity – chiefly through the tragedy by Ludwig Tieck (1800) – and was frequently depicted in art. Führich produced the first version of his series of drawings while still in Prague and also made oil paintings depicting individual scenes from the saint’s life. After returning from Rome, he executed a new version of the series that served as models for etchings, printed by the Prague publisher Bohmann in 1832.