Alexander VerHuell began his career as a draughtsman while studying Law in Leiden. Upon graduation in April 1848, VerHuell settled in Arnhem. He made illustrations for magazines and an occassional book or album. He illustrated the, among historians, infamous sketches of student life by Johannes Kneppelhout (Klikspaan), for which he used the pen name O. Veralby. He was one of the first in the Netherlands to employ a sequential narrative, which makes him one of Holland's first comic artists. Collections of his work, including 1851's 'Zijn er zoo?' and 'Zoo zijn er' were extremely popular during his time. VerHuell drew his inspiration from French and English prints.
Upon the 300st anniversary of the Capture of Brielle, he gave the city a large amount of etches. In 1897 he bequeathed his entire estate to the city of Arnhem and thus laid the basis for the collection of the Museum of Modern Art Arnhem.
'Vruchten, die een enkel boompje voort kan brengen'