German illustrator, educated at the Dresdner Kunstakademie, where he came to know Ludwig Richter and was commissioned to execute wood carvings for him. Later Pletsch became Richter’s pupil, something that becomes evident in his genre pictures of pretty, rosy-cheeked children. Pletsch often rendered animals and playing children in rural homes. The girls wear aprons and play being housewives caring for their dolls, while the boys play being soldiers. Often his illustrations were framed by flowers or other objects. Pletsch’s illustrations of domestic comfort and idyll were beloved by the German bourgeoisie, and his drawings were frequently used both at home and abroad, particularly in children’s periodicals and to illustrate children’s verse and doggerel. Among his best-known works are Die Kinderstube (1860; English trans., The Nursery), in which he introduces his distinctive style; Wie’s im Hause geht nach dem Alphabet (Things Happen in the House According to the Alphabet, 1862) in folio size; and illustrations to a splendid edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s Märchen (Fairy Tales, 1874).