Angling  is  the  Family’s  Pleasure

for  it  keeps  the  Paterfamilias’  Good  Spirits

Weirotter, Franz Edmund (Innsbruck 1733 – Vienna 1771). At the Lake near Bolzano (Lake Bolsena). In front on an elevation the angler lying comfortably, the rod cast out far, and accompanied by the wife’s and eager youngster’s honest good fishing! On the right mighty rock formation. Etching. 4¾ × 7⅛ in (12.1 × 18.1 cm).

Franz Edmund Weirotter, At the Lake near Bolzano (Lake Bolsena)

Nagler VII/12. – The closing sheet of the Fourth Set of Diverse Sceneries, already worked at the time of his Vienna professorship (1767) and dedicated to Maria Anna archduchess of Austria. – Very fine more preceding impression on separate sheet of heavy laid paper and by this with margins top + below 4 and 5.7 resp., laterally 6.4-7.2 cm wide. – Before the (utter) removal of signature/monogram in the center directly below the subject where elsewhere frequently the inscription “F. E. Weirotter fecit” can be found. Clearly visible here just a “W”, however, and that in the varying style of Nagler, Monogramists, V, 1468 (“excellently etched sheets … some of which are inscribed with F. E. W., others with just the letter W.”) as especially true for the very small-sized sheets. Yet a following “eirotter” might have been erased, not anymore though a “fecit” as also possible remains before the W do not allow for an “F. E.”.

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 . ”

Offer no. 15,033 / EUR  125. (c. US$ 153.) + shipping

– – – The same in deep impression from the yet not cleansed plate from the 1771 memorial edition by Pierre François Basan. – After utter removal of signature/monogram, otherwise on also heavy laid paper of inevitably less wide margins of just 1.5-4 cm.

Of the publisher Pierre-François Basan (1723-1797) – biggest art dealer for paintings and prints of his time – it is said that he had “strongly influenced the century by his connoisseurship … A fine collection of (Weirotter’s) landscapes has been published there in 1771” (Fürstenberg pp. 143 & 94).

Offer no. 15,035 / EUR  89. (c. US$ 109.) + shipping

– – – The same as before in a more lucid impression from the otherwise already cleaner plate with margins 1.5-2.3 cm wide.

Offer no. 15,034 / EUR  79. (c. US$ 97.) + shipping

„ die (Ridinger-)Graphiken (Th. 9-12 per 28.885) sind unversehrt … angekommen, herzlichen Dank. Es sind wundervolle Arbeiten, wir sind sehr begeistert … “

(Herr R. G., 30. Dezember 2009)