Fredrix® was founded in 1868 by E. H. Friedrichs. Although, he spent much of his time on trains and coaches drumming up business, he was much more than a salesman. He was a businessman, a chemist, an inventor, an innovator and he was the first in America to manufacture artist canvas for the trade.
Although the art of manufacturing artist canvas has changed since the 1800s, the product Fredrix® makes today is very similar to the canvas they made over 140 years ago. The name was changed (Friedrichs to Fredrix®), but their mission has not. Fredrix canvases are still primed the old fashioned way... picked, pumiced and primed by hand with oil based ground.