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Title: Collection of 8 large contemporary albumine prints of the original drawings of the Wiener Staatsoper. One print signed in the negative by the photographer Abdreas Groll.
Description: Wien, undated ( before 1869 ), the 8 albumine prints are mounted on 6 boards. The albumine prints represent different views of the original drawings by von Sicardsburg and van der Nüll. Sizes vary between 26 x 38 cm and 50 x 20 cm. Some of the drawings are titled. E.g. ''Rückwärtige Ausicht'' on board n°6. (This is also the print with Groll's name). Other drawings are: Groundfloor, Querschnitt durch die Bühne, Querschnitt, Seitenansicht (aussen). ...All prints are mounted on contemporary boards. (62 x 46 cm). The boards are a bit dustsoiled, some of the prints are more or less faded. The boards are stamped with the collection stamp of Frans Baeckelmans ( 1835 - 1896) . He was an Antwerp (Belgium - Flanders) architect who reputedly designed neo-renaissance buildings partially based on photographic examples of classical renaissance buildings ( e.g. the old court of justice in Antwerp, based on a Baldus picture of the Louvre - this picture also formed part of his collection). The photographer Andreas Groll ( 1812 - 1872) was one of the photography pioneers of the Habsburg empire. Architecture was one of his main intrests. The Wiener Staatsoper ( still standing) was contructed between 1861 and 1869 at the newly constructed Ringstrasse. Its neo-renaissance style must surely greatly have pleased the Antwerp architect collector . This collection is an interesting and early testimony of the use of the newly invention of the art of photography in architectural design. .

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Price: EUR 1200.00 = appr. US$ 1304.22 Seller: Antiquariaat Wim de Goeij
- Book number: 53229