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Object: Pfarrkirche zum Hl Peter in München, erbaut 1327, der Thurm 1617 (Parish church of St Peter's in Munich)
Series: Ansichten merkwürdiger Gebäude [...] (Views of remarkable buildings [...])
Moonlit view of the parish church of St Peter; horse-pulled carriage in the foreground; houses on either side. 1811
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Height: 367 millimetres
Width: 239 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from Antony Grifftish and Francis Carey, ' German Printmaking in the Age of Goethe', BM 1994, no. 129:
The series of twelve etchings was published in two parts, each of six sheets, by J. G. Zeller in Munich. There are three known states: before all letter, with letter, and with Zeller's address added. The Department possesses eight plates, of which five are shown here (the others are R42, 44, 50). The Victoria and Albert Museum has a complete set with Zeller's address.
The set of twelve Munich views is Quaglio's masterpiece in etching, and one of the finest series issued in Germany in the period. The subjects are purely topographical, and have little of the romantic mood that dominates his lithographs; but the delicacy with which the etched line captures the vibrating light is outstanding, and led Curt Glaser to call him the German Canaletto.
In a letter addressed to Sulpiz Boisserée in 1819, Quaglio wrote that Zeller "has now the best printing-shop in Munich. He is an uncommonly energetic man, who without any knowledge of art, shows a great love of the subject and especially of Bavarian artists. Above all he knows the taste of art lovers to the highest degree. He is almost excessively speculative; scarcely has he completed one plan than he starts three or four more at the same time... His business in lithography, in his art shop and his paper dealing is really on a large scale. Moreover through true patriotism, by encouragement, recommendation and sale of Bavarian art and industry products both inside and outside the country, he has done great service" (Trost p. 27). It was doubtless his encouragement that led Quaglio to undertake this series of prints that is far more ambitious than anything he had done before.
See: 1882,0114.229; 1882,0114.227; 1882,0114.232-3
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1994/5 Sept-Jan, BM, 'German Printmaking in the Age of Goethe', no. 129a
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- Prints and Drawings
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