Constance – Wessenberg, Ignaz Freiherr von. Head portrait of the de facto last bishop of Constance (Dresden 1774 – Constance 1860). Medallion set in palm leaves below bishop’s miter before crozier and torch. Wood engraving after/by Hermann Eduard Hartmann (1817 Dorpat 1880) for A. Cloß, Stuttgart. (1875/76.) Inscribed typographically as above. 4¼ × 3⅜ in (10.7 × 8.5 cm).
VERSO: After the Fight on the Rhine Bridge at Constance. The dead and wounded bear witness of the slaughter before the setting of the fortress wall with tower. Wood engraving by Adolf Cloß (1840 Stuttgart 1894) after Wilhelm von Diez (Bayreuth 1839 – Munich 1907). Inscribed: W. D. / A. Closs sc., otherwise typographically as above. 5¾ × 7¼ in (14.6 × 18.5 cm). – Noticeable as relatively rare Closs’s “sc(ulpsit)”. Mostly his workshop inscription “X(ylographic) I(nstitute)” only. He was “at his time one of the best of his profession in Germany” (Thieme-Becker). – Continuous local text on both sides.
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