Ehrenberg (Ernberg) / Lech – Beaumont, Jean François Sir Albanis de (Chambéry 1755 – 1812). The Barriere at the Castle of Ehremberg. Alps massif centred on Ehrenberg Castle. On the right the High Castle, on the left at the foot of the Falkenberg across the pass isolated farms and right in front a peasant driving a cart-load home. Aquatint printed in brown by Cornelis Apostool (1762 Amsterdam 1844). 1792. Inscribed: A. Beaumont del. / C. Apostool sculp. / Published as the Act directs Jany 1. 1792. by T. & G. Egerton Whitehall, for the Author, title as above. 12⅜ × 17⅝ in (31.5 × 44.8 cm).
Especially fine mountainscape of the former Ehrenberg Castle – then strongest fortifications of the Ausserfern, consisting of Ehrenberg Defile, fortress, High Castle, and Fort Claudia – at the River Lech on the road from Fussen to the Upper Inn Valley, the old Via Claudia Augusta and salt road, on the northern border of Tyrol. – Wide-margined impression of the 1st edition on buff Whatman paper.
Sir Albanis distinguishes himself as draughtsman, engraver in aquatint, and landscapist as well as architect. Hailing from the Piedmont he was naturalized in England. Egg says about him:
“ Publishes a large number of views from Italy and the Alps between 1787 and 1806 which he partly engraves himself in aquatint manner and partly lets be engraved by Cornelis Apostool. His engravings belong
to the earliest representations of pure mountainscapes from the Tyrol … ”
Apostool, painter, draughtsman and engraver, but, like Goethe, rather to be reckoned among the so-called amateur artists, received his education at the Amsterdam Drawing Academy (1784-1786) by the landscapist Hendrik Meijer, whom subsequently he accompanied to England, where he lived many years in London. His c. 80
fine landscape aquatints esteemed by the connoisseurs ,
frequently after Netherlandish masters and the Alpine travel sketches of Sir Albanis de Beaumont, were published in several sets between 1790 and 1795. They are the result of that period artistically so extraordinarily fertilizing to him. In later years he worked for diversion only anymore.
Simultaneously, as also still later, he worked for the Netherlandish government, on behalf of which he travelled to New York, France and repeatedly back to England.
1807 finally back in Amsterdam he became first director of the Royal Museum there the following year and member of the Royal Institute for Sciences, Literature, and Fine Arts. 1816 Knight of the Order of the Netherlandish Lion.
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“ Tyrol in Selected Subjects ”
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