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On  the  Left  an  Aqueduct

directs  the  Water  Pipe  to  the  House

Weirotter, Franz Edmund (Innsbruck 1733 – Vienna 1771). Water Pipe at Mount Viminale in Rome. Among the different figures a laundress at the gargoyle. On the balcony over that another woman already has hanged up the washing to dry. Etching. From 1763/64 onward. Inscribed: 6 / F. E. Weirotter fecit. 6¼ × 5⅜ in (16 × 13.8 cm).

Franz Edmund Weirotter, Water Pipe at Mount Viminale in Rome

Nagler 7.6. – Inscribed by old hand in ink “Aqueduct on Viminal Hill“ corresponding to the German title on the title etching. – Sheet 6 of the 12-sheet “Fourth Suite of Different Regions” with Views of Rome, Tivoli, Naples, Marseilles etc., dedicated to the Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria.

The  representation  of  one  of  those  legendary  aqueducts

as  most  grandiose  creations  of  ancient  architecture .

“ (For) far more developed we find the aqueducts with the Romans where they seldom were run underground, but mostly on arched buttresses, and belonged to the most grandiose creations of ancient architecture. The pipes were made of wood, lead, even leather, but mostly of stony canals. Normally the

pipes  leading  into  the  individual  houses  ( as  here )

… were of lead ”

(Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., I, 107).

With Weirotter the landscape etching experienced a fine culmination and in 1766 Schmutzer, then director of the Vienna Academy, recommended Maria Theresa the appointment to the academy of the still young artist to take over the landscape subject there. According to Schmutzer’s report for the empress the artist in his mid-thirties made

“ with  his  etched  landscapes

which  were  bought  readily  in  England , the  Netherlands , and  Germany

4-5000 fl.  annually ”.

The suggestion was accepted immediately by the Privy Council, because Weirotter otherwise “already has a call to Saxony in hands”. But at his much too early death “his complete artistic bequest found no market in Vienna; it left to Paris. Connoisseurs and friends of his sheets

had  to  pay  dearly  for  impressions  of  individual  sheets …

As  etcher  Weirotter  ranks  with  the  most  eminent  artists … ”

(ADB XLI [1896], 520 f.),

having “developed a truly astonishing activity on both the fields assigned to him (in Vienna), the landscape drawing and the etching,

and  given  impetuses  influencing  still  today ”

(Thieme-Becker XXXV [1942], 309, quoting Carl von Lützow).

His whole ability is reflected by the works after  own  invention as here. His admiration with the contemporaries follows from letters by and to Wille as the German Pope of Art residing in Paris. So Winckelmann on occasion of Weirotter’s stay in Rome “Mister Weirotter has made me … a present of own works,

which  I  reckon  among  the  best  of  the  kind

… This young artist will be a credit to his native country”. And in glance backward at the preceded Paris period of training with Wille (1759/63) this to Hagedorn in Dresden “He has become so ready in drawing that his drawings look far more effortless than his paintings”. And as collector the Leipsic banker Gottfried Winckler “I have no doubt, that Mr.

Weirotter  will  deliver  to  us  much  beautiful  after  the  Italian  journey ”.

Quoted after Décultot et al. as editors, Wille Correspondence, Tübingen 1999, pp. 314, 316, 318, each from 1764.

“ Weirotter – so Gerson, Ausbreitung und Nachwirkung der holländischen Malerei des 17. Jhdts., 2nd ed., 1983, p. 338 – worked also after P. Molijn, Jan van Goyen, Aert van der Neer – and Dietricy.

His  own  inventions  are  correspondingly  Dutch . ”

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