Rome – Villa d’Este, Old Trees in. Fine park trees before the villa’s garden entrance decorated with ancient figures. At the fountain figurines. Wood engraving by Richard Berthold (Reudnitz near Leipsic 1854 – Leipsic 1914) after Gustav Paul Cloß (Stuttgart 1840 – Prien 1870) for Adolf Closs, Stuttgart. (1876.) Inscribed: X. A. Closs Berthold sc., otherwise in German as above. 8⅜ × 6¼ in (21.2 × 16 cm). – Atmospheric subject.
BACK: Roman Girl. Half-length portrait from front. Wood engraving after Johannes Graf (Fraustadt, Posen, 1837 – Bad Landeck, Silesia, 1917). Inscribed: JGraf (ligated), otherwise in German as above. 3⅛ × 2⅝ in (7.8 × 6.6 cm). – Continuous local text on both sides.
Receiving his graduation as woodcutter in the leading Closs studio already in 1879 Berthold was appointed professorship for woodcut at the Royal Academy for Graphic Arts & Book-Trade in Leipsic, where he developed especially the tone cut technique “of which he is considered as the pioneer in Leipsic … in the reproduction cuts (he developed)
a rare perfection and independent hand ”
(Volker Frank, Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon X , p. 72).
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