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Angling is the Family’s Pleasure

for it keeps the Paterfamilias’ Good Spirits

Weirotter, Franz Edmund (Innsbruck 1733 – Vienna 1771). At the Lake near Bolsena (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 Bolsena (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 . 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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– – – 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).

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

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„ da haben Sie ja wirklich eine interessante Bildquelle gefunden (Thoman von Hagelsteins Lehrstücke des Jagens). Solche Motive sucht man als Ausstellungsmacher, aber die Wiedergabe in Publikationen ist oft so schlecht … Auf jeden Fall würde ich für die Ausstellung gern die Abbildung zur Wolfsjagd nutzen, da hier mit dem Ziegenbock als Köder noch mal ein anderer Aspekt gezeigt wird.

Sehr selten und noch nie auf einer Abbildung von mir gesehen – die … (Thomann’sche) Igeljagd! Wenn ich davon einen Scan für mein Archiv bekommen könnte, wäre das ganz wunderbar!!! “

(Frau R. S., 14. Mai 2013)