Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen
1765 Göttingen 1840
Worked originally for the Göttinger Taschen Calender published by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Riepenhausen’s engravings after Hogarth –
“ very estimable ”
(Nagler) – belong to his principal work and partly even are preferred to Hogarth’s own engravings not least for their being in the original direction. Published as a whole then 1794/99 as atlas of 89 engravings to Lichtenberg’s Ausführliche Erklärung der Hogarthischen Kupferstiche, the latter particularly praises Riepenhausen’s diligence and reliability:
“ the reduction of the copies notwithstanding
not a spark of the original’s spirit were lost ”
(Lanckoronska-Rümann, Geschichte der Deutschen Taschenbücher und Almanache , p. 15).
Besides a plethora of illustrations in Chodowiecki’s manner for both almanacs and calendars and novels and poetry, including not least of his friend Gottfried August Bürger (“Bürger’s ‘Münchhausen’ became the last German chapbook”, Laaths, Geschichte der Weltliteratur, 1953), who for his last years lived in Riepenhausen’s house, too, up to copies of John Flaxman’s sketches from the Iliad and Odyssey.
In addition to these Riepenhausen produced as university engraver illustrations for a wide range of scientific publications.
“ I purchased this set (Leonardo’s Anatomical Studies) from you at the beginning of this year (recte already in 2011). The books are one of my prized possessions … and thank you again for being a part of this special section of my library … ”
(Mr. M. W., December 19, 2012)