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Karl Emil Doepler

Warsaw or Schnepfental 1824 – Berlin 1905

After his training i. a. at Piloty’s in Munich in 1849 Doepler went to New York, from where he returned to Piloty in 1855. “1860-70 costume designer at the theater at Weimar and teacher for costume knowledge at the school of arts there. Since 1870 professorship in Berlin. – Decorative murals for private houses and paintings with historical, mythological scenes, genre paintings, however, foremost costume drawings. 1876 he sketched 500 drawings to Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung, anxious for historical exactness, what ran counter to Wagner’s intentions, and

participated  in  the  staging  of  the  first  Bayreuth  Festival ”

(Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon XXVIII, 2001, 238).


“ I am curious as to the history of this (original Ridinger printing) plate (I just bought) and the others you have offered. Did you purchase them from the Ridinger estate (indirectly, indeed) or a private collector? These are truly rare one of a kind pieces ”

(Mr. L. A. F., October 28, 2003)