Nathaniel Sichel studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Munich from 1859 to 1862. In 1863 Sichel won the prestigious Italian prize and ensuing travel scholarship for his painting titled "Joseph Explains the Dreams of the Pharaoh" and established himself as an outstanding Orientalist painter. Having returned to Germany he became active as a portrait painter. Works of Sichel can be viewed in various German museums. His "beauties" were often reproduced by artists of Berlin Royal porcelain manufactory "KPM".