Dietrich, called Dietricy, Christian Wilhelm Ernst (Weimar 1712 – Dresden 1774). Chute d’Eau. Rock scenery with cascade. In the center angler with companion. On the right cottage, on the path in front figurines. Etching by Franz Edmund Weirotter (Innsbruck 1733 – Vienna 1771). Inscribed: Dessiné par Dietricy / Gravé par Weirotter, otherwise as above and below resp. 11¼ × 14⅛ in (28.5 × 35.8 cm).

Nagler, Weirotter, 24, 1. – With armorial dedication “Dédiée à Monsieur Adrien Zingg, Graveur, Par son Serviteur et Ami Weirotter.”. – With the address of Basan-Poignant (about 1785). – Smoothed centerfold. – On buff laid paper.

“ As painter D. is reputed to be a typical example of the eclecticism in the 18th century. He had a complete command of the repertoire of all known schools of painting of his time which he treated in parallel. Especial preference he had for the ‘Italianizing’ Netherlanders and Netherlandish small masters. But also Rembrandt and his successors, Rubens and Jordaens, Watteau, Titian, Ricci and Rosa, had substantial influence on D.’s work. His ability

to  approach  the  model  with  great  insight ,

but  nevertheless  to  preserve  a  stylistic  originality

have brought him success. This eclecticism has to be understood just as from the view of art-theoretical demands of the 18th century for selection and imitation. Just by this artistic attitude D. represents a strong German personality in the then internationally reputed Dresden which today frequently is dismissed as uncreative. This is the reception-historical prerequisite for D.’s long neglect, but also for the interest in more recent days”

(Petra Schniewind-Michel, Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon XXVII [2000], p. 297).

First educated by his father, under Alexander Thiele Dietricy turned to landscape painting,

“ yet  his  innate  talent  served  him  more  then  all  instruction …

Winckelmann in Rome (proclaimed him)

the  Raffael  of  landscape  painting ”

(Nagler, III, 393 ff.).

Who together writes from Rome per Jan. 28, 1764, to Johann Georg Wille on Weirotter:

“ Mr. Weirotter has together made me a present of own works which I count to the best in their kind … This young artist will be a credit to his country ”

(Décultot et al., Wille Correspondence, 1999, p. 314).

Accordingly then still 130 years later in Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (XLI [1896], 520 f.):

“ Connoisseurs and friends of his sheets had to pay dearly for impressions of individual sheets …

As  etcher  W(eirotter)  is  reckoned  among  the  most  excellent  artists .”

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