Not much is known about Adolf Joseph Grass. He may have been French or German. His birth year is give variously as 1813 or 1841, with the latter the more probable, his year of death as 1902. Apart from this Narcissus, which was put up for auction 1992 and 1994, he painted two German Emperors, William I and Frederick III, who was Emperor for less than a year in 1888. A Holy Family and a portrait of an Italian girl as well.