Carl Reinhardt was a 19th century painter, caricaturist, and illustrator born in Leipzig. He has lived and worked in Hamburg, Munich, Dresden and Leipzig. One of the most successful and creative comical draughtsmen of his time, he was best known for his caricatures for magazines and his animal illustrations for children's books. He cooperated with among others the Gartenlaube and the Illustrierten Zeitung from Leipzig.
Reinhardt was a frequent contributor of the Fliegende Blätter, the pioneering German comics magazine that also published the work of Lothar Meggendorfer and Wilhelm Busch. Reinhardt's story 'Meister Lapp und sein Lehrjunge Pips' was published in the Blätter in 1848, but it remained incomplete. A complete version of the comic was published in the 1851 book publication by Braun & Schneider, called 'Schneider Lapp und sein Lehrjunge Pips'.